Rights and responsibilities go together. This page
outlines some of the rights and responsibilities of
people receiving services at Copper Country Mental Health.
United States Constitution guarantees certain rights to all
citizens. As a person receiving mental health services, you have all
of these rights, unless limited by law or by a court
Constitutional Rights include:
Freedom of speech
• Freedom from search and seizure
• Legal protection
• Freedom from discrimination
Freedom of religious expression
• Right to vote
• Right to
free public education
The responsibilities of
consumers of mental health services include:
• To be
an active participant in treatment, and if dissatisfied, to
complain to the appropriate person.
• To do as much as
possible to identify and meet their own needs.
• To respect
the rights, privacy, and beliefs of others by showing courtesy and
• To be responsible for the cost of services
based on ability to pay.
• To keep appointment times as
scheduled, or telephone in advance to cancel.
• To respect
the environment and property of others, as well as their
• To share with staff their experience of the Agency’s
services; of what is done well, and of what could be done
Consumer Rights and
Persons receiving mental health services have additional rights
granted by the Michigan Mental Health Code.
Mental Health Code rights
right to be free from abuse and neglect.
right to be treated with dignity and respect.
• The right
to have information about the person receiving services kept
• The right to have the plan for
treatment, services, supports developed through a
• The right to have access to the
information in your clinical record.
• The right to give
informed consent for psychotropic medication.
• The right
to complain to the person in the Rights Office, in writing or
verbally, that your rights are being violated.
• The right
to ask staff for the Rights Officer’s address and telephone
number without being questioned.
right not to be required to receive treatment unless the law
allows it and a court requires it.
If you are receiving residential services you have
• To receive a copy
of the House Rules.
• To get and send mail without
anyone else opening it unless there is reason to believe the
mail contains something that could result in breaking the law
or is harmful to you or others.
• To talk on the phone in
private. This right may be limited based on
your Person-Centered Plan or Agency policy.
• To see
visitors you want to see during regular visiting hours and to see
your own doctor or spiritual counselor at reasonable
• To contact your lawyer at any time regarding your
• To practice your religion or faith.
You will not be forced to be involved in a religious
• To go to the polls to vote if you are registered.
If you are not registered, you may arrange to become
• To stay in a place which is clean, has good
light, enough heat, fresh air, hot and cold water, a bathroom
with privacy, and personal storage space.
• To wear your
own clothes and keep your own personal belongings, unless
restricted by law, policy or your written Person-Centered
• To be free from unreasonable searches, to watch if
a search does occur, to have the reason for the search
explained to you and written in your record.
• To be paid
for work you agree to do if you are offered work. You will
not be paid for personal housekeeping chores such as making
your own bed.
• To go anywhere you want unless limited
by law, policy or your Person-Centered Plan.
information on rights contact the:
Office of Recipient
Copper Country Mental Health Services
901 West Memorial
Houghton, MI 49931
Phone #: (906) 482-9400