Client Rights in Alcohol &Drug Addiction Treatment Program

Client Rights in the an Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Program

According to Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS) and Ohio Administrative Rule 3793:2-1-07, all clients involved in alcohol and drug addiction outpatient treatment programs have the following rights:

  1. The right to be treated with consideration and respect for personal dignity, autonomy and privacy.
  2. The right to receive services in the least restrictive, feasible environment.
  3. The right to be informed of one’s own condition.
  4. The right to be informed of available program services.
  5. The right to give consent or to refuse any service, treatment or therapy.
  6. The right to participate in the development, review and revision of one’s own individualized treatment plan and receive a copy of it.
  7. The right or freedom from unnecessary or excessive medication, unnecessary physical restraint or seclusion.
  8. The right to be informed and the right to refuse any unusual or hazardous treatment procedures.
  9. The right to be advised and the right to refuse observation by others and by techniques such as one-way vision mirrors, tape recorders, video recorders, television, movies or photographs.
  10. The right to consult with an independent treatment specialist or legal counsel at one’s own expense.
  11. The right to confidentiality of communications and personal identifying information within the limitations and requirements for disclosure of client information under state and federal law and regulations.
  12. The right to have access to one’s own client record in accordance with program procedures.
  13. The right to be informed of the reason(s) for terminating participation in a program.
  14. The right to be informed of the reason(s) for denial of a service.
  15. The right not to be discriminated against for receiving services on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or HIV infection, whether asymptomatic or symptomatic, or AIDS.
  16. The right to know the cost of services.
  17. The right to be informed of all client rights.
  18. The right to exercise one’s own rights without reprisal.
  19. The right to file a grievance in accordance with program procedures.
  20. The right to have oral and written instructions concerning the procedures for filing a grievance.

If you believe that any of your rights have been violated, please contact the Client Rights Officer (CRO) at the agency where you receive services.



If you do not feel that your concern was addressed, you can contact the CRO at the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board at 732-5406.

The CRO’s role is to assist you with resolving your compliant, and help you determine if you should file a grievance.  Please see Grievance Process for more information.

Please note, according to ODADAS, these rules are not applicable to the following programs:

  1. Alcohol and drug prevention programs
  2. Alcohol and drug addiction sub-acute and acute hospital detox programs
  3. Criminal justice therapeutic community programs
  4. Treatment Alternative to Street Crime programs (TASC)
  5. Driver intervention programs