Mental Health

The DRC is working toward increased empowerment and choice for individuals with mental health issues and improving the adequacy of children's mental health services in schools and in the community.

The Disabilities RightsCenter provides information, advice, referrals, or representation to individuals with significant mental illness or emotional impairments who reside in institutions or live in the community. The DRC investigates matters of abuse and neglect and other complaints within institutions, and works with individuals to ensure appropriate access to mental health services.

The DRC is authorized to access clients and records for the purpose of conducting independent investigations to redress and prevent abuse, neglect and rights violations in public and private facilities such as hospitals, schools, board and care homes; supervised or semi-independent apartments, halfway houses, or other community group residences; foster care homes; nursing homes; prison forensic units; homeless shelters; jails, correction and detention facilities; interim care facilities; general hospitals, etc.

Under the the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act (PAIMI), State P&A systems are also authorized to access public and private residential facilities, residents and resident records while investigating reports of abuse, particularly incidents involving the inappropriate use of seclusion and restraint, neglect, and civil rights violations in these facilities, and related fatalities, that either provide care or treatment to these individuals.

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Obligation of facilities to report to the DRC concerning resident deaths

Call Disability Rights Center - NH at 1-800-834-1721 for information and advice on a legal problem related to mental health.