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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 35. Department of Behavioral Health And Developmental Services
Chapter 115. Regulations to Assure the Rights of Individuals Receiving Services from Providers Licensed, Funded, or Operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

12VAC35-115-40. Assurance of rights.

A. These regulations protect the rights established in § 37.2-400 of the Code of Virginia.

B. Individuals are entitled to know what their rights are under these regulations; therefore, providers shall take the following actions:

1. Display, in areas most likely to be noticed by the individual, a document listing the rights of individuals under these regulations and how individuals can contact a human rights advocate. The document shall be presented in the manner, format, and languages most frequently understood by the individual receiving services.

2. Notify each individual and his authorized representative about these rights and how to file a complaint. The notice shall be in writing and in any other form most easily understood by the individual. The notice shall provide the name and phone number of the human rights advocate and give a short description of the human rights advocate's role. The provider shall give this notice to and discuss it with the individual at the time services begin and every year thereafter.

3. Ask the individual or his authorized representative to sign the notice of rights. File the signed notice in the individual's services record. If the individual or his authorized representative cannot or will not sign the notice, the person who gave the notice shall document that fact in the individual's services record.

4. Give a complete copy of these regulations to anyone who asks for one.

5. Display and provide information as requested by the protection and advocacy agency director that informs individuals of their right to contact the protection and advocacy agency.

C. Every individual has a right to seek resolution of his complaint and make a human rights complaint. Any individual or anyone acting on his behalf who thinks that a provider has violated any of his rights under these regulations may make a complaint and get help in making the complaint in accordance with Part V (12VAC35-115-150 et seq.) of this chapter.

D. Other rights and remedies may be available. These regulations shall not prevent any individual from pursuing any other legal right or remedy to which he may be entitled under federal or state law.

Statutory Authority

§§ 37.2-203 and 37.2-400 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 3, eff. November 21, 2001; amended, Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 25, eff. September 19, 2007.

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