Patient Rights

While you are a patient in Gracie Square Hospital, you have rights, consistent with law, which may be limited only for your safety and/or clinical reasons. A list of these rights will be provided to you upon admission.

For additional information, visit the New York State Office of Mental Heath website:

Inpatient Rights
http://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/patientrights/inpatient_rts.htm

HIPAA Privacy Rules for the Protection of Health and Mental Health Information
https://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/hipaa/phi_protection.html

Informed Consent

Competent adults have the right to accept or refuse care, treatment, and services. Any person who is 18 years of age or older, is the parent of a child, or is married, is considered an adult. All other persons are considered minors.

Certain procedures require written informed consent. Such procedures include, but are not limited to: HIV related tests; do-not resuscitate orders (DNR); participation in research; and major medical treatment – procedures, excluding electroconvulsive therapy, for which a general anesthetic is used or which involves any significant invasion of bodily integrity requiring an incision or producing substantial pain, discomfort, debilitation, or which has a significant recovery period.

If you object to a treatment or procedure, administrative and/or court authorization must be obtained prior to its initiation. Procedures that may generally be initiated without informed consent include: screening, diagnostic and treatment procedures which involve minimal intrusion, risk, and discomfort, such as physical examinations, laboratory tests, and X-rays.

Unless an adult has been declared incompetent by a court of law, the adult is presumed to have the capacity to make treatment decisions. However, if an adult is determined to lack the capacity to make treatment decisions by the Medical Director or his/her designee, the decision shall be made by the patient’s health care proxy or guardian, or the appropriate court. If the person to be treated objects to a treatment decision, the objection shall be resolved by using either judicial or administrative process, depending on the type of treatment proposed.