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148B.71 Mental health client bill of rights.

Subdivision 1. Scope. All unlicensed mental health practitioners, other than those providing services in a facility or program licensed by the commissioner of health or the commissioner of human services, shall provide to each client prior to providing treatment a written copy of the mental health client bill of rights. A copy must also be posted in a prominent location in the office of the mental health practitioner. Reasonable accommodations shall be made for those clients who cannot read or who have communication impairments and those who do not read or speak English. The mental health client bill of rights shall include the following:

(a) the name, title, business address, and telephone number of the practitioner;

(b) the degrees, training, experience, or other qualifications of the practitioner, followed by the following statement in bold print:


(c) the name, business address, and telephone number of the practitioner's supervisor, if any;

(d) notice that a client has the right to file a complaint with the practitioner's supervisor, if any, and the procedure for filing complaints;

(e) the name, address, and telephone number of the Office of Mental Health Practice and notice that a client may file complaints with the office;

(f) the practitioner's fees per unit of service, the practitioner's method of billing for such fees, the names of any insurance companies that have agreed to reimburse the practitioner, or health maintenance organizations with whom the practitioner contracts to provide service, whether the practitioner accepts Medicare, medical assistance, or general assistance medical care, and whether the practitioner is willing to accept partial payment, or to waive payment, and in what circumstances;

(g) a statement that the client has a right to reasonable notice of changes in services or charges;

(h) a brief summary, in plain language, of the theoretical approach used by the practitioner in treating patients;

(i) notice that the client has a right to complete and current information concerning the practitioner's assessment and recommended course of treatment, including the expected duration of treatment;

(j) a statement that clients may expect courteous treatment and to be free from verbal, physical, or sexual abuse by the practitioner;

(k) a statement that client records and transactions with the practitioner are confidential, unless release of these records is authorized in writing by the client, or otherwise provided by law;

(l) a statement of the client's right to be allowed access to records and written information from records in accordance with section 144.335;

(m) a statement that other services may be available in the community, including where information concerning services is available;

(n) a statement that the client has the right to choose freely among available practitioners, and to change practitioners after services have begun, within the limits of health insurance, medical assistance, or other health programs;

(o) a statement that the client has a right to coordinated transfer when there will be a change in the provider of services;

(p) a statement that the client may refuse services or treatment, unless otherwise provided by law; and

(q) a statement that the client may assert the client's rights without retaliation.

Subd. 2. Acknowledgment by client. Prior to the provision of any service, the client must sign a written statement attesting that the client has received the client bill of rights.

HIST: 1991 c 292 art 2 s 61; 2000 c 460 s 35

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