Have your mentally ill clients been denied medication or over-medicated? Have they been placed in seclusion or denied access to a phone or to interpreters?
Section 51.61 establishes “patients rights” for persons receiving services for mental illness, developmental disabilities, or drug dependency, pursuant to Chapters 48, 51, 55, 971, 975 or 980. When your client says that their rights are being violated, consider sending them a copy of Disability Rights Wisconsin’s new Do It Yourself Guide to Filing a Patient/Client Grievance. It summarizes their rights and the grievance procedure. It also includes forms and templates for pursuing a grievance.