In compliance with the Michigan Mental Health Code, the Recipient Rights Office advocates for people who receive mental health services and for applicants, by offering recipient rights protection. The Recipient Rights Office meets these requirements through prevention, such as training and monitoring and through complaint resolution. This process may include: problems of abuse and neglect, confidentiality, dignity and respect, person centered planning, or other rights violations.
When you receive mental health services from LifeWays and our Provider Network, your rights are guaranteed by Michigan’s Mental Health Code, other provisions of law, and the Constitutions of Michigan and the United States. You retain all rights, benefits and privileges guaranteed by law, such as:
You are considered legally competent, unless there has been a court decision of incompetence, and a guardian has been appointed. Certain rights may be limited by law, state or federal regulation, or by court decision.
You have the right to receive treatment suited to your individual condition. This treatment must be according to a written plan of service that was developed in a timely manner through a person-centered planning process. You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect while receiving services in a safe, sanitary and humane treatment environment where you are free from abuse and neglect. You have the right to not be identified as receiving mental health services or have information about your services released without your permission.
Click here to download a copy of Your Rights When Receiving Mental Health Services in Michigan, distributed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Sus Derechos cuando recibe serviciosde salud mental en el estado de Michigan.
Recipient Rights Complaint Form
Whistleblower's Protection Act
Residential Bill of Rights
Code of Responsibilities
Abuse & Neglect Poster
Location: LifeWays Pine Room
Location: LifeWays Pine Room
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Angie O'Dowd, Interim Recipient Rights Officer
Kaitlin Burnham, Recipient Rights Specialist
Kristi Benn, Recipient Rights Specialist
Shelby Bristow, Administrative Assistant
Purpose: In accordance with the Michigan Mental Health Code, LifeWays Community Mental Health Board appoints a Recipient Rights Advisory Committee consisting of primary consumers, family members and community members representing various perspectives of the Community Mental Health Board.
Structure: A Chairman is appointed by the LifeWays CMH Board and at least 1/3 of the membership shall be primary consumers or family members and of that 1/3, at least 1/2 shall be primary consumers.
Would you like to become a member of RRAC? Click here to download the application or contact Shelby Bristow for more information.