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Recipient Rights


The Office of Recipient Rights protects the rights granted to recipients of public mental health services in the State of Michigan. 

The Mental Health Code, Act 258 of 974, is an act to codify, revise, consolidate, and classify the laws relating to mental health; to prescribe the powers and duties of certain state and local agencies and officials and certain private agencies and individuals; to regulate certain agencies and facilities providing mental health services; to provide for certain charges and fees; to establish civil admission procedures for individuals with mental illness or developmental disability; to establish guardianship procedures for individuals with developmental disability; to establish procedures regarding individuals with mental illness or developmental disability who are in the criminal justice system; to provide for penalties and remedies; and to repeal acts and parts of acts.

The Michigan Mental Health Code, chapters 7 & 10, protect the rights of the mentally ill prisoners in Michigan.  To this end, the Department of Corrections employs a Rights Specialist to provide patient/prisoner rights consultations, investigations, and rights training to mental health services staff.

Rights Specialist:

Sara Heydens