Current through Register 2021 Notice Reg. No. 52, December 24, 2021
All patients shall have rights which
include, but are not limited to the following:
(1) To wear his or her own clothes, to keep
and use his or her own personal possessions including his or her toilet
articles; and to keep and be allowed to spend a reasonable sum of his or her
own money for canteen expenses and small purchases.
(2) To have access to individual storage
space for his or her private use.
(3) To see visitors each day.
(4) To have reasonable access to telephones,
both to make and receive confidential calls.
(5) To have ready access to letter writing
materials, including stamps, and to mail and receive unopened
(6) To refuse shock
(7) To refuse
psychosurgery as defined in Section
Welfare and Institutions Code.
To be informed of the provisions of law regarding complaints and of procedures
for registering complaints confidentially, including but not limited to, the
address and telephone number of the complaint receiving unit of the
(9) To be free from
discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin,
sexual orientation, disability, medical condition, marital status, or
registered domestic partner status.
(10) All other rights as provided by law or
licensed healthcare practitioner acting within the scope of his or her
professional licensure who has overall responsibility for the service, or his
or her designee, may for good cause, deny a person any of the rights specified
in (a) above, except those rights specified in subsection (7) and (9) above and
the rights under subsection (6) may be denied only under the conditions
specified in Section
Welfare and Institutions Code. The denial, and the reasons therefore, shall be
entered in the patient's medical record.
(c) These rights, written in English and
Spanish, shall be prominently posted.
(d) There shall be a procedure established
whereby patient complaints are forwarded to hospital administration. Knowledge
of this procedure shall be readily available to patients. The hospital
administration shall, in all cases, acknowledge to the patient their receipt of
his or her complaint. Additional follow-up of the complaint and response to the
patient shall be handled as is appropriate.
Cal. Code Regs. Tit.
Note: Authority cited: Sections
Health and Safety Code. Reference: Section
51, Civil Code;
Sections 297 and 297.5, Family Code; and Sections 1276, 1316.5,131050, 131051
and 131052, Health and Safety Code.
correction of subsection (b) (Register 80, No. 40).
2. Amendment of
subsection (b) and Note filed 3-3-2010; operative 4-2-2010 (Register 2010, No.
3. Change without regulatory effect amending subsections
(a)(1) and (a)(2), adopting subsection (a)(9), renumbering subsections and
amending subsection (d) and Note filed 6-23-2011 pursuant to section 100, title
1, California Code of Regulations (Register 2011, No.