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Client/Patient Rights Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

Bill of Client Rights: Right to Make an Informed Choice, and Give Informed Consent to Treatment


1) No treatment shall be given without the client's informed consent, except in accordance with the law.

2) Consent must be for that particular treatment or plan of treatment.

3) Consent can be withdrawn at any time.

4) Information about the treatment must be provided in writing on request.

Every effort must be made to promote understanding and access to information about proposed treatments.

5) Every client is presumed to have decision-making capacity unless found to be incapable.

6) Consent must be voluntary and not obtained by coercion or misrepresentation.

7) If a client is legally found to be incapable of making decisions, her/his substitute decision-maker has the same rights as the client to informed consent.

Every client:

8) has the right to have her/his prior capable wishes respected to the fullest extent that the law allows.

9) has the right to be fully involved in treatment decisions (including location, duration and type of treatment).

10) including those considered incapable of making treatment decisions, has the right to be involved in the development of her/his treatment goals, plan of care and discharge planning.

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