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Client Rights in Ohio Law

A client's rights depend, in part, on where he/she is receiving services. Different rights may apply to people receiving services from each of the service locations listed below. Click the links to view the client rights statement associated with each specific location.

Community mental health agencies certified by OhioMHAS

Community mental health agencies certified by OhioMHAS have met certain requirements of the department, including protection of client rights, and have written authorization to operate specific services and provide activities. To learn more about rights in a community mental health agency certified by OhioMHAS, click on the links listed below.

Client rights - Ohio Administrative Code 5122:2-1-02
Confidentiality - Ohio Revised Code 5122.31

Regional Psychiatric Hospitals (inpatient services) operated by OhioMHAS

OhioMHAS operates regional psychiatric hospitals that provide inpatient services. To learn more about rights in a regional psychiatric hospital, click on the links listed below.

Patients' rights - Ohio Revised Code 5122.29
Civil rights of patients - Ohio Revised Code 5122.301
Confidentiality - Ohio Revised Code 5122.31

Private psychiatric hospitals (inpatient services) licensed by OhioMHAS

Private psychiatric hospitals are all psychiatric hospitals or units in general hospitals in Ohio that are not operated by OhioMHAS. Each hospital must have a patient rights advocate to assist patients in understanding their rights. To learn more about rights in a private psychiatric hospital, click on the links listed below.

Client rights - Ohio Administrative Code 5122-14-11
Patients' rights - Ohio Revised Code 5122.29
Civil rights of patients - Ohio Revised Code 5122.301
Confidentiality - Ohio Revised Code 5122.31

Residential facilities licensed by OhioMHAS

Residential facilities licensed by OhioMHAS are publicly or privately operated homes or facilities that may provide room and board, personal care services and/or mental health services. The operator and client rights officer of the facility are responsible for protecting and assuring resident rights. To learn more about rights in an OhioMHAS licensed residential facility, click on the links listed below.

Client rights - Ohio Administrative Code 5122-30-22
Confidentiality - Ohio Revised Code 5122.31