37.27.116    ALL PROGRAMS - CLIENTS RIGHTS

( 1) All approved chemical dependency treatment programs shall make reasonable efforts to assure the right of each client to:

(a) Be treated with respect and dignity.

(b) Be treated without regard to physical or mental disability unless such disability makes treatment afforded by the facility nonbeneficial or hazardous.

(c) Have all clinical and personal information treated confidentially in communications with individuals not directly associated with the approved chemical dependency treatment program.

(d) Be provided reasonable opportunity to practice the religion of his or her choice, alone and in private, insofar as such religious practice does not infringe on the rights and

treatment of others, or the treatment program. The client also has the right to be excused from any religious practice.

(e) Not be denied communication with family in emergency situations.

(f) Not be subjected by program staff to physical, psychological or sexual abuse, corporal punishment, or other forms of abuse administered against their will including being denied food, clothing or other basic necessities.

(g) Have services for men and women which reflect an awareness of the special needs of each gender. All residential facilities shall provide equivalent, clearly defined, and well supervised sleeping quarters and bath accommodations for male and female clients.

(h) Have access to an established client grievance procedure.

History: Sec. 53-24-105 and 53-24-305, MCA; IMP, Sec. 53-24-305, MCA; TRANS, C. 280, L. 1975, Eff. 1/2/77; AMD, 1981 MAR p. 1899, Eff. 1/1/82; AMD, 1983 MAR p. 1463, Eff. 10/14/83; AMD, 1990 MAR p. 737, Eff. 4/13/90; TRANS, from DOC, 1998 MAR p. 1502.