Deaf Services: Patient’s Rights & Responsibilities

Patient's Rights to receive services in South Carolina

  • You have a right to be informed of your rights.
  • You have right to be informed regarding methods of resolving possible violations of your rights.
  • You may seek advice and assistance from the Client Advocacy Program.
  • You may contact an attorney of your choice.
  • You are entitled to a safe and humane environment.
  • You have a right to as much freedom of movement as possible.  This right may be limited only when it is necessary for the protection of you, others, and the community.
  • You have the right to refuse therapy unless required by law.
  • You have a right to participate in the formulation of your treatment plan and to know the names of the staff members responsible for your care.
  • You have a right to recognized psychiatric treatment.  This right includes receiving information regarding risks, side effects, and anticipated benefits of all medication and treatment.
  • You have the right to refuse participation in any research project and to refuse non-standard psychiatric treatment.
  • You have a right to know the cost of your treatment and to know the source of any assistance available in meeting these expenses.
  • You have a right to have all information concerning your treatment kept confidential except when State law permits disclosure.
  • You may report any suspected abuse or neglect or exploitation of patients without fear or reprisal.
  • In exercising your rights, you may not infringe on the rights of others.  You also have certain basic responsibilities and you have a right to know what is expected of you.

Patient Responsibilities

  • Actively participate in treatment and help to develop your plan of care with your therapist or counselor.
  • Take part in planning and participating in your own therapy and treatment program and provide information concerning your medical history.
  • Attend scheduled activities and keep appointments.
  • Cancel your appointments as soon as you know you will be unable to attend them.
  • Ask a question(s) when you do not understand what is happening to you.
  • Let a member of the staff know when you have a problem or feel sick.
  • Show respect for the property and rights of others.
  • Obey the laws which apply to all citizens.
  • Be familiar with and observe the rules and policies of your Mental Health Center or facility.
  • Accept responsibility for your actions.
  • Cooperate with the goal of achieving self-sufficiency in the management of your everyday living.