Humboldt County provides a patients' rights advocate to promote and represent clients' rights and interests. If you have a question or concern about a patient's rights, please call.
An advocate is available to help consumers
Access Services and Programs
Understand rights regarding
The goal of the patients' rights advocate is to protect and further the constitutional and statutory rights of people receiving mental health services.
What is advocacy within a Mental Health facility?
Advocacy works to:
Represent clients' expressed interests
Maintain the rights of individuals as identified in the Welfare & Institutions Code
Provide client representation during Certification Review Hearings
Provide training and education to clients and staff regarding patients’ rights
Act as a liaison to the Office of Patients' Rights
Conduct routine monitoring of local facilities.
Whose interests do advocates represent?
Advocates represent consumers' interests, as defined by the consumer, as long as those interests are within the bounds of the law and achievable within both the law and advocates' resources. Advocates assist adults and minors receiving mental health services voluntarily or involuntarily.
Patients in mental health facilities are guaranteed the following rights:
Right to least restrictive treatment services
Right to dignity, privacy and humane care
Right to be free from harm
Right to prompt medical treatment
Right to religious freedom
Right to education
Right to social interaction
Right to physical exercise and recreation
Right to be free from seclusion and restraint unless behavior becomes dangerous to the patient or others
Right to see and receive the services of an advocate.
The following rights can be denied with good cause. Good cause exists when exercising a right could cause injury, serious infringement to the rights of others, or serious damage to the facility, and there is no less restrictive alternative.
Right to wear one's own clothing
Right to personal possessions
Right to keep and spend money
Right to reasonable access to individual storage space