Rights and Responsibilities for Individuals Served by the Georgia Collaborative ASO
You Have the Right to:
- Be treated with respect, dignity and privacy.
- Get information in a way that you can easily understand whether written or verbal.
- Get information on available treatment options and alternatives on your behavioral health challenges.
- Participate in decisions about your health care, including the right to refuse treatment.
- Request and receive a copy of your medical records.
- Exercise your rights which should not affect the way you are treated.
- Be free from any form of restraint or seclusion used to convince you to do something you may not want to do, or as a punishment.
- You are part of your health care team. It is your responsibility to communicate your needs, preferences, questions and concerns to your team.
- You have important information about your health care history. It is your responsibility to share that information with your health care team. Describe all information to the best of your ability, even if it does not seem important or is embarrassing.
- Know your medications. Sometimes medications and vitamins interact in a way that can be harmful. It is your responsibility to tell your health care team what you’re taking to avoid potential bad interactions.
- Please be courteous to your health care team by arriving 10 minutes early for your appointment. Please call 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment.
- Make sure you understand information and instructions. If not, ask questions. When possible, bring someone with you to your appointments. Another person can help you think of questions to ask and help you remember the answers. It’s a good idea to write down questions ahead of time and to write down answers during the appointment. Ask as many times as you need until you understand.
The decisions you make have an effect on your health. Think about healthy habits like exercising, eating healthy, reducing stress, and choosing healthy relationships. Let someone on your health care team know if you are in an abusive relationship. Be honest with yourself about addictions to tobacco, drugs and alcohol. If you need help, ask for it!
To learn more about your rights, click on one of the links below:
- Individual’s Rights
- You Have Rights Poster
- Your Role in the Quality System
- IDD Human Rights Council
- Information on how to report abuse, neglect, or exploitation
- DBHDD HIPAA Complaint Form
- DBHDD HIPAA Violation Report Form