§ 5100.52. Statement of principle.

 (a)  Facilities. Upon voluntary or involuntary admission to an inpatient facility, each patient shall be given a copy of the summary statement of the Bill of Rights, contained in §  5100.53 (relating to bill of rights for patients), Form MH-782, or the patient rights pamphlet (PWPE # 605), published by the Department entitled You Have a Right to be Treated with Dignity and Respect. Appended to each of these documents shall be the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of legal and other available advocacy services. Assistance in contacting a legal or other advocate shall be provided by the facility to each patient upon request. The rights contained therein shall be explained to the extent feasible to persons who cannot read or understand them. Within 72 hours of admission, the Manual of Rights, set forth in §  5100.54 (relating to manual of rights for persons in treatment), or the Patient Rights Handbook (PWPE # 606), entitled Your Rights Are Assured, shall be made available or given to each patient, and the rights contained therein shall be explained to the extent feasible to persons who cannot read or understand them. Additionally, a copy of either the Manual of Rights or the Patient Rights Handbook (PWPE # 606) entitled Your Rights Are Assured, shall be made available for each patient access in each patient living area.

 (b)  Current patients. All current patients shall be given a copy of either the Manual of Rights, or Patient Rights Handbook entitled Your Rights Are Assured (PWPE # 606), as in subsection (a). Existing supplies of previously printed forms and manuals may be utilized.

 (c)  Manual of rights. Upon request, a complete copy of the Manual of Rights shall be made available to the family, guardian, attorney, and other interested parties.

Cross References

   This section cited in 55 Pa. Code §  5100.4 (relating to scope); 55 Pa. Code §  5200.47 (relating to other applicable regulations); 55 Pa. Code §  5210.56 (relating to other applicable regulations); 55 Pa. Code §  5320.22 (relating to governing body); 55 Pa. Code §  5320.33 (relating to resident/provider contract; information on resident rights); and 55 Pa. Code §  5320.45 (relating to staff orientation and training).



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