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Mental Health Consumers’ Rights

Laws and policies give you protection over who can use and how they can use your medical information. Three of these are HIPPA, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Mental Health Patient’s Bill of Rights.

HIPAA: The Federal Health Insurance Portability And Accountability Act of 1996 protects the privacy of your health information gives you rights over your health information and sets rules and limits on who can look at. and receive, your health records.

ADA: The Americans with Disabilities Act ensures that people with disabilities, such as severe mental illness, have legal protection against discrimination in the workplace, housing and residential settings (including treatment facilities such as hospitals), public programs, and telecommunications.

Mental Health Patient’s Bill of Rights from the American Psychological Association provides principles regarding privacy rights, treatment and grievance procedures.

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