Individuals Rights

Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 246-341-0600
Clinical — Individual Rights

1. You have the right to:

  • Receive services without regard to race, creed, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability;
  • Practice the religion of choice as long as the practice does not infringe on the rights and treatment of others or the treatment service. Individual participants have the right to refuse participation in any religious practice;
  • Be reasonably accommodated in case of sensory or physical disability, limited ability to communicate, limited-English proficiency, and cultural differences;
  • Be treated with respect, dignity and privacy, except that staff may conduct reasonable searches to detect and prevent possession or use of contraband on the premises;
  • Be free of any sexual harassment;
  • Be free of exploitation, including physical and financial exploitation;
  • Have all clinical and personal information treated in accord with state and federal confidentiality regulations;
  • Review your clinical record in the presence of the administrator or designee and be given an opportunity to request amendments or corrections;
  • Receive a copy of agency grievance system procedures according to WAC 182-538D-0654 through 182-538D-0680 upon request and to file a grievance with the agency, or the Managed Care Organization, if applicable, if you believe your rights have been violated. The grievance system rules in WAC 182-538D-0654 through 182-538D-0680 apply to an individual who receives behavioral health services funded through a federal Medicaid program or sources other than a federal Medicaid program. (Note: The grievance system rules in WAC 182-538C-110 apply to an individual who does not have Medicaid and receives behavioral health services funded by the behavioral health administrative services organization (BH-ASO)); and
  • Submit a report to the department when you feel the agency has violated a WAC requirement regulating behavioral health agencies.

2. Each agency must ensure the applicable individual participant rights described in subsection (1) of this section are:

  • Provided in writing to each individual on or before admission;
  • Available in alternative formats for individuals who are visually impaired;
  • Translated to the most commonly used languages in the agency's service area;
  • Posted in public areas; and
  • Available to any participant upon request.

3. Each agency must ensure all research concerning an individual whose cost of care is publicly funded is done in accordance with WAC Chapter 388-04, Protection of Human Research Subjects, and other applicable state and federal rules and laws..

4. In addition to the requirements in this section, each agency providing services to Medicaid recipients must ensure an individual seeking or participating in behavioral health treatment services, or the person legally-responsible for the individual, is informed of their Medicaid rights at time of admission and in a manner that is understandable to the individual or legally-responsible person.