CLRP

CT Mental Health Bill of Rights

The Patients’ Bill of Rights is a section of the Connecticut state statutes (Sec. 17a-540 et seq.) that establishes specific rights for persons (children and adults) with psychiatric disabilities receiving services from an inpatient or outpatient hospital, clinic, or other facility for the diagnosis, observation or treatment of persons with psychiatric disabilities. This can include a general physician’s office if they are providing mental health treatment, including just prescriptions, but it does not apply to institutions, like correctional facilities, that are not primarily for the purpose of treating mental illness.

The Patient’s Bill of Rights includes a number of specific provisions, including the right to be treated:

THE RIGHT TO HUMANE AND DIGNIFIED TREATMENT
THE RIGHT TO BE INVOLVED IN TREATMENT/RECOVERY PLANNING
THE RIGHT TO A DISCHARGE PLAN

In addition, the Connecticut Supreme Court has held that this statute must be liberally construed to carry out the intent of protecting persons with mental illness.