Department of Health Service
Hospital and Medical Care Division
Mental Health Facilities Licensure Section

Patient's Rights
Chapter 3306

Sections 17-206 b,c,d,e,j,k
Section 17-206b. Deprivation of rights of patient prohibited.  Exception

No patient treated in any public or private facility for the treatment of the mentally disordered shall be deprived of any personal property or civil rights, including the right to vote, hold or convey property, and contract except in accordance with due process of law, and unless he/she has been declared incompetent pursuant to chapter 779.  Any finding of incompetence shall specifically state which civil or personal rights the patient is incompetent to exercise.

Section 17-206c. Humane and dignified treatment required.

Every patient treated in any facility for treatment of the mentally disordered shall receive personal dignity and right to privacy.  Each patient shall be treated in accordance with a specialized treatment plan suited to his/her disorder.

Section 17-206d. Procedures governing medication and treatment.

Voluntary patients may receive medication or treatment, but shall not be forced to accept unwanted medication or treatment, except in accordance with procedures set forth in subsection (b) of this section.  No medical intervention may be undertaken without the patient’s written informed consent, except in accordance with subsection (b) of this section.

If the head of the facility, in consultation with a physician, determines that the condition of a patient, either voluntary or involuntary, of an extremely critical nature, than emergency measures may be taken without the consent otherwise provided for in this section.

No public or private facility shall request or require blanked consent to all procedures as a condition of admission or treatment.

Section 17-206e. Medication not be used as substitute for habilitation.

Medication shall not be used as a substitute for a habilitation program.

Section 17-206j. Denial of employment, housing, licenses, because of history of mental disorder restricted.

No person shall be denied employment, housing, civil service rank, any license or permit, including a professional license, or any other civil or legal right, solely because of a present or past history of mental disorder except as so provided by the general statutes.

The burden shall be on the person or agency denying any such right to prove that the person so denied is not suitable solely because of his/her present or past history of mental disorder.

Section 17-206k. Remedies of aggrieved persons.

Any person aggrieved by a violation of sections 17-206a to 17-206j, inclusive, may petition the superior court within whose jurisdiction the person is or resides for appropriate relief, including temporary and permanent injunctions, or may bring a civil action for damages.

Addendum:  Section 17-206a:    Definitions.

As defined in Section 17-206 a, b, c, d, e, f, j, k inclusive:

Section 17-206a.  Definitions.  When used in sections 17-206a to 17-206k, inclusive, unless otherwise expressly stated or unless the context otherwise requires:

“Facility” means any inpatient or outpatient hospital, clinic, or other facility for the diagnosis, observation or treatment of the mentally disordered;
“Patient” means any person being treated in a facility;
“The Mentally disordered” means those children and adults who are suffering from one or more mental disorders as defined in the most recent edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder”;
“Family” means spouse or next to kin;
“Head of the hospital” or “head of the facility”, means the superintendent or medicaldirector of a hospital or a facility, or his/her designated delegate;
“Informed consent” means permission given on the basis of knowledge of the implications, consequences or possible complications of effects of such permission;
“Medically harmful” means capable of inflicting serious mental or physical injury on the patient, or producing in the patient a disturbed mental state or impaired judgment which may be grossly detrimental to his/her physical or mental well being.

Criteria for Involuntary Termination:

Any mental health services client will be involuntarily terminated if:

The client comes to sessions under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The client becomes threatening or assaultive.
The client has the ability to pay the established fee and has not paid for two consecutive sessions, or has an ongoing pattern of non-payment.
The client misses two (2) consecutive appointments without arranging with the Therapist.

Client Rights Statement

Hockanum Valley Community Council, Inc. is a multi-service agency, which provides a broad range of social services to the Tri-Town Area.  These services include counseling/case management services to individuals, families and youth, outreach services, transportation services, emergency food and clothing, summer youth employment and intake for the energy assistance and commodities programs.  As a facility providing counseling/mental health services, it is our responsibility to provide each of our clients with information regarding their rights as established by Connecticut General Statute #306.  Although the language and emphasis of this statute may not be applicable to many clients of some programs of HVCC, it is the intention of this law to convey to all recipients of health and social services that they are entitled to specialized, quality care.

Records are confidential, and released only with the client’s written permission, except under the following circumstances:

Subpoenaed under court order.
Review by public and private accrediting, funding and monitoring bodies.
Situations that are potentially life threatening to self or others, including situations involving child abuse and/or neglect.