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Patients Rights

The California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) administers an Office of Human Rights to ensure that mental health laws, regulations, and policies for the rights of mental health service recipients are observed in State Hospitals and licensed health and community care facilities.

Californians with mental illnesses who are receiving treatment in mental health facilities, including those persons subject to involuntary commitment, are guaranteed numerous rights under State and federal laws, including the right to be free from abuse and neglect, the right to privacy, dignity, and humane care, and the right to basic procedural protections in the commitment process.

The Department of State Hospitals is required to enter a multi-year contract with a nonprofit organization, the Office of Patients' Rights (OPR), to provide investigative and advocacy services to persons with mental disabilities. The OPR also provides direct advocacy services in the state hospitals as well as training and technical assistance to all county patients' rights advocates.

Handbooks and Posters

The Department of State Hospitals will continue to provide printed copies of the handbook and/or poster in both English and Spanish. To request an order for your facility, contact the Office of Human Rights at (916) 654-2327 or complete and return the Handbooks and Posters Order Form Adobe PDF icon.

 

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