Know Your Rights

As a consumer of mental health services, you have a right to:

  1. Expect good quality help and services.
  2. Ask questions regarding: credentials, training, and experience of the person helping you; the treatment plan you will be on, including medication; the cost of services and provision for payment; access to your medical records.
  3. Seek another opinion about your therapy, whether the therapist is in private practice of works in an agency or public clinic.
  4. Expect confidentiality from the person helping you.
  5. Know that your written consent is required by law for the release of any information about you or your treatment.

Do you think you have been treated unfairly because of your mental illness?


Employment Discrimination Resources

Housing Discrimination Resources

According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) appropriate Housing must meet four criteria:

  1. Affordability
  2. Independence
  3. Accessibility
  4. Housing free from discrimination

 Healthcare Discrimination Resources - Mental Health Parity

  • The fundamental motivation behind parity legislation is the desire to cover mental illness on the same basis as physical illness, that is, to cover mental illness fairly.  The passage of the Paul Wellstone-Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, the Wisconsin Parity Act (April 2010), and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were designed to provide protections for millions of Americans with mental illnesses. 
  • Healthcare Reform (Mental Health America)  Many resources, including fact sheets, a toolkit, and numerous webinars about the ACA
  • What is the new health care law?  (NAMI)
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