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Subdivision 1.License holder's responsibility for consumers' rights.

The license holder must:

(1) provide the consumer or the consumer's legal representative a copy of the consumer's rights on the day that services are initiated and an explanation of the rights in subdivisions 2 and 3 within five working days of service initiation and annually thereafter. Reasonable accommodations shall be made by the license holder to provide this information in other formats as needed to facilitate understanding of the rights by the consumer and the consumer's legal representative, if any;

(2) document the consumer's or the consumer's legal representative's receipt of a copy of the rights and an explanation of the rights; and

(3) ensure the exercise and protection of the consumer's rights in the services provided by the license holder and authorized in the individual service plan.

Subd. 2.Service-related rights.

A consumer's service-related rights include the right to:

(1) refuse or terminate services and be informed of the consequences of refusing or terminating services;

(2) know, in advance, limits to the services available from the license holder;

(3) know conditions and terms governing the provision of services, including the license holder's policies and procedures related to initiation and termination;

(4) know what the charges are for services, regardless of who will be paying for the services, and be notified upon request of changes in those charges;

(5) know, in advance, whether services are covered by insurance, government funding, or other sources, and be told of any charges the consumer or other private party may have to pay; and

(6) receive licensed services from individuals who are competent and trained, who have professional certification or licensure, as required, and who meet additional qualifications identified in the individual service plan.

Subd. 3.Protection-related rights.

(a) The consumer's protection-related rights include the right to:

(1) have personal, financial, services, and medical information kept private, and be advised of the license holder's policies and procedures regarding disclosure of such information;

(2) access records and recorded information about the person in accordance with applicable state and federal law, regulation, or rule;

(3) be free from maltreatment;

(4) be treated with courtesy and respect for the consumer's individuality, mode of communication, and culture, and receive respectful treatment of the consumer's property;

(5) reasonable observance of cultural and ethnic practice and religion;

(6) be free from bias and harassment regarding race, gender, age, disability, spirituality, and sexual orientation;

(7) be informed of and use the license holder's grievance policy and procedures, including knowing how to contact persons responsible for addressing problems and to appeal under section 256.045;

(8) know the name, telephone number, and the Web site, e-mail, and street addresses of protection and advocacy services, including the appropriate state-appointed ombudsman, and a brief description of how to file a complaint with these offices;

(9) voice grievances, know the contact persons responsible for addressing problems and how to contact those persons;

(10) any procedures for grievance or complaint resolution and the right to appeal under section 256.045;

(11) know the name and address of the state, county, or advocacy agency to contact for additional information or assistance;

(12) assert these rights personally, or have them asserted by the consumer's family or legal representative, without retaliation;

(13) give or withhold written informed consent to participate in any research or experimental treatment;

(14) have daily, private access to and use of a non-coin-operated telephone for local calls and long-distance calls made collect or paid for by the resident;

(15) receive and send, without interference, uncensored, unopened mail or electronic correspondence or communication;

(16) marital privacy for visits with the consumer's spouse and, if both are residents of the site, the right to share a bedroom and bed;

(17) associate with other persons of the consumer's choice;

(18) personal privacy; and

(19) engage in chosen activities.

(b) Restriction of a person's rights under paragraph (a), clauses (13) to (15), or this paragraph is allowed only if determined necessary to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of the person. Any restriction of these rights must be documented in the service plan for the person and must include the following information:

(1) the justification for the restriction based on an assessment of the person's vulnerability related to exercising the right without restriction;

(2) the objective measures set as conditions for ending the restriction;

(3) a schedule for reviewing the need for the restriction based on the conditions for ending the restriction to occur, at a minimum, every three months for persons who do not have a legal representative and annually for persons who do have a legal representative from the date of initial approval; and

(4) signed and dated approval for the restriction from the person, or the person's legal representative, if any. A restriction may be implemented only when the required approval has been obtained. Approval may be withdrawn at any time. If approval is withdrawn, the right must be immediately and fully restored.

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