BILL OF RIGHTS
All members of the therapeutic programmes have the absolute right
to the following:
1. A supportive
environment, free of addictive substances.
2. Therapy regardless
of sex, race, nationality, colour, creed, political
beliefs, sexual preference, civil state, religion,
origin, identity, age, military or veteran status,
mental or physical disability, state of health, criminal
record or welfare status.
3. Dignity, respect,
health and safety at all times.
of the philosophy and methods of the programme.
5. Exact information
regarding current rules of the programme, as well
as penalties, disciplinary measures and possible
modifications of these rights.
6. Access to
established procedure by which complaints regarding
the application of all rules, penalties, disciplinary
measures and modifications of rights are recorded.
of all applicable fees, the method and schedule for
payment* as well as availability of money and personal
belongings for the duration of the programme, and
nature of information regarding participation in
the programme and all members' files, according to
the laws of the country.
9. Access to
private files on the basis of guidelines approved
by the competent authority, and the right to append
remarks which refute or clarify the information contained
in said files.
10. The right
to leave the programme at any moment, without physical
or mental harassment.
communication with relatives and friends for their
information both at the time of their admission into
the community and thereafter, in accordance with
the programme's regulations, unless this is not permitted
for reasons established by the therapy plan.
from actual physical punishment or threat of same,
from physical, emotional and sexual battering, and
from forceful physical restraint.
of nutritious food, safe and proper housing, the
opportunity for physical activity, and items needed
for personal hygiene.
14. Medical care
by professionals, and the right to refuse same.
15. The possibility
of receiving legal advice and representation before
the law when necessary.
16. Regular contact
by every member of the programme who is a parent
with his/her child or children.
17. When executing
duties as members of the work force, members have
the right to a clear definition of their responsibilities,
to adequate training, adequate support and supervision
by the staff (including evaluation and feedback),
without exploitation and with the right to refuse
the position, without being subject to accusation
for this reason.
18. When members
leave the programme for whatever reason, they have
the right to guidance and help regarding other health
services, sources of financial aid and shelter.
from exploitation (this concerns also the parents
and family of the member) for the benefit of the
entity or the staff employed therein.