Magazine article Developments in Mental Health Law

Clients' Rights in Community Programs Considered

Magazine article Developments in Mental Health Law

Clients' Rights in Community Programs Considered

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In accordance with Title 37.1-84.1 of the Code of Virginia, the Virginia Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation has proposed Rules and Regulations to Assure the Rights of Clients of Community Programs Licensed or Funded by the Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.

Earlier regulations adopted in compliance with Title 37.1-84.1 delineate rights of patients of psychiatric hospitals and other psychiatric facilities (1980), and residents of facilities operated by the Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (DMHMR) (1978 and 1983 revised). These earlier regulations do not apply to community programs.

A sixteen member task force, established by the DMHMR, has been working on the community rules and regulations for the past three years. The membership represents a wide variety of public and private professional and consumer interests in all three disability areas. The task force has focused its efforts on developing rules and regulations that would present the least burden on regulated programs while still ensuring the protection of client rights. …

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