Bill of Rights: The Right to Freedom from Maltreatment
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Bill of Rights: The Right to Freedom from Maltreatment

September 24, 2019


Hello and WELCOME! This video is brought to you by the
Minnesota Department of Health. In this video, we’re going to show viewers,
like you, about the RIGHTS people have when living at group homes or
residences that are supervised. This video shows how people have the RIGHT
to Freedom from Maltreatment. In other words, the Right to live without
abuse and the RIGHT to live without neglect. You will see a couple different examples of
maltreatment, and then what you can do if this were to happen to you! Let’s start with the RIGHT to live
without emotional abuse. Emotional abuse involves a regular pattern
of verbal offenses, threatening, bullying, and constant criticism, as well as more subtle
tactics like intimidation, and shaming. It may include excessive teasing, or name-calling. Here is an example of emotional abuse and
what you can do if it happens to you! That shirt is an ugly shirt, Katie. He’s right, Katie. That shirt is really ugly. I wouldn’t wear that shirt, even if someone
paid me to wear that shirt! You know what? Stop! This is not ok. It is not ok for you to make fun of others. Just leave me alone. We were just kidding, Katie! Yeah! What you just saw is emotional abuse and it’s not ok! Being mean to a person about how they look
or what they’re wearing is considered emotional abuse. You have the right to live without maltreatment. If this, or any type of maltreatment, happens
to you, look at the person and tell him or her to STOP in a calm, clear voice. Say to the person, STOP! What you are saying is not ok. Then, tell a staff member right away. If speaking up seems too hard or not safe,
walk away and stay away. Find a staff member, and tell the staff member
who the person was and what he or she was saying. Give the staff the name of the person,
if you know it. You have the RIGHT to live
without physical abuse. Physical abuse is the most
obvious form of abuse. If someone pulls your glasses off or pushes
you around and hits you, that is considered physical abuse. What are you doing, FOUR EYES? Oh, chips! Come on! Give me back my chips, please. It’s wrong to take stuff from people. Come on. Leave me alone! All right. Okay, Seriously! Lay off! Come on, seriously. I just want some chips! What’s wrong? Well, we can share. There are other plates and stuff. How about sharing and asking me first instead
of just coming in and grabbing. You are such a buzz kill! What you just saw is an example of
physical abuse. Taking people’s food, and pushing and shoving,
or hitting people is not ok! Know your rights. You have the right to live without maltreatment
including physical abuse. If this happens to you, tell the person to
STOP in a calm, clear voice. Then walk away and report it
to a staff member right away. Tell the staff who the person was hurting
you and what he or she was saying and doing. You have the right to live
without abuse or neglect. Examples of abuse include
unwarranted physical harm such as slapping, hitting, pushing, or kicking. Neglect includes failure to provide the care
or services necessary to provide physical or mental health and safety to the resident. These include, but are not limited to, food,
clothing, shelter, healthcare, and supervision. Here is an example of neglect, and what you
can do if it were to happen to you! If you don’t clean your room right now,
then you don’t eat with us tonight! I don’t want to clean my room. Those are the rules. Either you can clean your room
and eat with the rest of us. Or, you cannot clean your room
and go without dinner. No! It is not ok to be told you cannot eat dinner! You have the right to have food and drink. If you are denied food or drink,
this is considered neglect. If this happens to you, report it right away. Know your rights! For Minnesota residents, contact the Office
of Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. OMHDD. You can also go to the Minnesota Department
of Health website for a full list of the Bill of Rights for Supervised Living
Facilities and other videos. www.health.state.mn.us

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