Bill of Rights: The Right to Your Treatment Plan
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Bill of Rights: The Right to Your Treatment Plan

October 16, 2019

Hello and welcome! This video is brought to you by the Minnesota
Department of Health. We are going to show viewers, like you, about
the rights people have when living at group homes and residences that are supervised. You have the right to participate in your
planning meeting. You have the right to discuss your treatment
options with your caregivers and to participate in care meetings. You also have the right to have a family member
or other representative participate with you in treatment planning. If you cannot attend a planning meeting, you
have the right to have a family member or someone you choose go in your place. In this video, you will see that a staff person
asked a resident to sign a treatment plan. But the resident did not get a chance to participate
in his plan or discuss his options. Hey, Reed. Hi. I printed out a copy of your treatment plan
for the year. So, if you can just sign it. No, I can’t sign this. I didn’t participate in any of this treatment
plan planning, and it violates policy because of that. Oh, wait. Well, what happened was we bought a new software. And, honestly, it’s kind of a hassle to
deal with. So, what we did is, we printed last year’s
treatment plan and we just changed the date on it. No, I’m sorry. I still can’t sign it. It violates policy. I swear. It’s the same thing. Just give it a look and sign it. Nope. Sorry. Can’t do that. What you just saw was an example of a resident
who did not get to participate in the treatment planning conference or discuss alternative
treatments. He was treated unfairly because the staff
person wanted him to sign the treatment plan without giving him a chance to participate. The residence staff also told him they were
just changing the dates on an old plan. This means that the staff did not even write
a new plan. The staff violated the person’s rights about
treatment plans. In some rare cases a resident might have a
written plan in place to decide certain types of treatment if they are unconscious. Sometimes a resident doesn’t want a family
member to participate in treatment planning. If the facility thinks someone has a written
plan in place, it must try to find the written plan before allowing the family to participate
in treatment planning. If you, a family member, or someone who speaks
for did not get to participate in your treatment planning, and feels that the treatment plan
process was not being followed, file a complaint.

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