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Recipient Rights

In compliance with the Michigan Mental Health Code, the Office of Recipient Rights (ORR) advocates for people who receive mental health services and for applicants, by offering recipient rights protection.  The ORR meets these requirements through prevention, such as training and monitoring and through complaint resolution.  This process may include: problems of abuse and neglect, confidentiality, dignity and respect, person centered planning, or other rights violations.

When you receive mental health services from Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority, your rights are guaranteed by Michigan’s Mental Health Code, other provisions of law, and the Constitutions of Michigan and the United States.  You retain all rights, benefits and privileges guaranteed by law, such as:

The right to vote in all elections             Make contracts                              Make a will
Get a driver's license                              Hold or transfer property               Get Married
Receive a driver's license                      Get a divorce                                  Manage your affairs
Be free from illegal discrimination

You are considered legally competent, unless there has been a court decision of incompetence, and a guardian has been appointed.  Certain rights may be limited by law, state or federal regulation, or by court decision.

You have the right to receive treatment suited to your individual condition.  This treatment must be according to a written plan of service that was developed in a timely manner through a person-centered planning process.  You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect while receiving services in a safe, sanitary and humane treatment environment where you are free from abuse and neglect.  You have the right to not be identified as receiving mental health services or have information about your services released without your permission.