Mclean Hospital
Guides to Care

Patient Rights

McLean Hospital is committed to the prevention and minimal use of restraint and seclusion and, whenever possible, to the elimination of these interventions. This policy is consistent with our mission to treat people with dignity, respect, and mutuality; protect their rights; provide the best care possible; and assist them in their recovery. We welcome your help in working with us to achieve these goals.

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Privacy and Confidentiality

McLean Hospital policies and state and federal law protect the privacy of patient identities and information. In general, any disclosure of clinical information requires a written consent from you, or, if you are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian. Disclosures, however, can occur without written consent in certain specific circumstances, such as by judicial order or in a medical emergency. McLean staff are “mandated reporters” for child and elder abuse and have a duty to warn if it is felt that you are a danger to yourself or to someone else.


Under no circumstances will patients or patient-related issues be discussed with the media without written consent from you or your legal guardian.