Mclean Hospital
Guides to Care

Patient Rights

Right to Treatment

You have the right to receive treatment that is suited to your needs and administered skillfully, safely, and humanely, with full respect for your dignity and personal integrity.

Information About Your Illness and Its Treatment

You have the right to be told the nature of your illness, the reason clinicians believe you need treatment, and the availability of alternative treatments. You have the right to know the name and position of your physician and other staff responsible for your care and treatment.

Right to Consent and Refuse Treatment

You have the right to consent to or refuse psychiatric medication or other treatment, except in an emergency or when a court has appointed a guardian to give consent for you or has ordered a particular treatment for you. Before consenting to any treatment or research, you have the right to be informed of its purpose, risks, side effects, and likely outcome, as well as the availability of alternative treatments (including the alternative of no treatment). You may change your mind and withdraw your consent at any time after granting it.

Access to Medical Records

You have the right to see your own treatment records unless doing so would result in serious harm to you. Your attorney may inspect your treatment records. Your records may also be released to others when authorized by you or otherwise allowed by law.

Participation in Treatment Planning

You have the right to participate in planning and implementing your treatment to the maximum extent possible.

Participation in Research

You have the right to choose whether to participate as a research subject or in any treatment examination whose primary purpose is educational or informational. If you choose not to participate, your refusal will not affect your access to essential care.

Restraint and Seclusion

You may be restrained or secluded only in an emergency—when there is an immediate and substantial danger to yourself and others—as prescribed by Massachusetts law. You may be secluded or restrained only for as long as it is necessary to protect you or others from harm. Your condition must be carefully monitored during restraint or seclusion. If you are restrained or secluded, you will have an opportunity later to comment on its use and the circumstances leading up to it.

Rules, Regulations, and Laws Governing Treatment

You have the right to review a copy of the rules and regulations that relate to your care and treatment at McLean. You may have additional rights granted by other state or federal laws and regulations.