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Consumer Information

Mary Jones

Welcome

Our goal is to serve you in every way we can to help you live in our community with a quality of life that meets your needs. We are honored that you have sought our services and we will make every effort to meet your expectations. MHA has a long history of advocating for persons who experience a mental illness. Advocacy and education are at the very core of our purpose; we want to serve you in a manner that reflects the spirit of advocacy, as well as our commitment to service.

Clifford Beers, who founded the Mental Health Association in the early 1900’s, was both a person who experienced a severe mental illness and a leader who spoke up in support of more humane service. He understood the dignity of each individual and that person’s right to full community citizenship. The Mental Health Association was founded to spread those beliefs and practices across our land. Our organization has been pursuing those efforts in the Wichita area for over sixty years. We are proud of our achievements and the partnerships that have made our services possible. We are an affiliate of COMCARE, a member agency of United Way of the Plains and a chapter affiliate of the National Mental Health America. We work with those organizations and many others, including family and consumer groups.

You are our primary customer. The guidelines included in this booklet help identify the many different ways in which we provide services. Working together with you in a spirit of teamwork is our goal and will result in the most positive outcome.

Thank you for choosing MHA.

Sincerely,

Mary Jones, President & CEO

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Consumer Guide

Please read the Consumer Guide to Services for more information about services provided by the Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas. 

You have the right to:

1. Ask for help and be treated with dignity and respect.
2. Be informed about your treatment/service and be told of any potential benefits/risks of treatment.
3. Help make decisions about your service, participate in the development and review of an individualized treatment plan and in planning for discharge.
4. Know how long you will be involved in treatment/service.
5. Receive treatment at convenient times and places.
6. Refuse treatment/service.
7. Ask for other treatment that may work for you.
8. Know the name of the person(s) providing your treatment and to request other staff be assigned to provide your treatment.
9. Be referred to another provider for service as needed.
10. Confidentiality.
11. Include other persons in your treatment.
12. Be told of any research or educational activities that are part of your treatment and to refuse to participate.

 

Consumer Rights

13. Have bills and charges explained.
14. Make a written complaint.
15. A safe environment and freedom from verbal, physical or financial abuse or exploitation or restraint/seclusion that is used as a means of coercion, discipline, convenience, or retaliation.
16. Receive treatment in the least restrictive appropriate manner.
17. Be informed that there may be consequences for failing to comply with court ordered treatment.
18. See or request a copy of your clinical record in accordance with MHA policy.
19. Make healthcare decisions through advanced directives, living will, and durable power of attorney.
20. Express preference regarding choice of service providers.
21. Receive information about your managed care company.
22. Exercise these rights without adversely impacting treatment.
23. Obtain access to services within specified access standards.
24. Right to request a 2nd opinion.

You have the responsibility to:

1. Provide information needed for treatment/service.
2. Plan your service with the assistance of treatment providers and follow the plan.
3. Let us know of special needs.
4. Keep and be on time for appointments and bring your insurance cards.
5. Arrange for care of your children while you are receiving services.
6. Let us know if you stop taking your medications or have problems with them.
7. Collaborate with your treatment provider to develop a crisis plan and work with provider to implement plan as needed.
8. Respect others confidentiality.
9. Let us know if your address, name, phone number or insurance information changes.
10. Tell us of all insurances carried.

11. Let us know if you are unhappy with services

12. Let us know if you are not coming back

13. Pay us in a timely manner

14. Treat staff and consumers with respect

15. Maintain a safe environment by not possessing weapons or using intoxicating or illegal drugs while receiving services

16. Not come for services while under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or other substances.

17. Notify staff of any unsafe situations you observe

18. Not ask your treatment provider to purchase items for you out of their own funds

19. Ensure a healthy environment for MHA staff by not smoking in close proximity to the service provider.

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Consumer Responsibilities

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What to Expect From Your Providers

  • Service that promotes safety and well-being for consumers and staff regardless of race, color, religion, ethnicity, veteran status, age, physical or mental disability, gender or sexual orientation.

  • Informed consent for all services with an explanation of services in an understandable manner.

  • Provision of services that take into account preferences, strengths and culture.

  • Staff who only provide services for which they are trained.

  • Services are provided in environments free from intimidation, insult, and harassment.

  • Services that avoid conflict of interest, self-promotion, exploitation, or invasion of privacy.

  • No employees are allowed to accept gifts or payment for services.

  • Services are billed through our business office to the appropriate funding source.

  • Services are guided by an assessment of needs and subsequent treatment planning and directed by the consumer.

  • Opportunity to complete satisfaction surveys and to address questions/comments to program managers at any time.

  • Staff who do not use tobacco products during service.

Tobacco Free Campus

As a health care provider, MHA is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for employees, consumers, and visitors and to promoting positive, healthy behaviors.

With this policy, we hope to:

  • Eliminate secondhand smoke so everyone on our campuses can breathe clean air

  • Demonstrate our commitment to improve the health of consumers, employees, and the community

  • Increase mental health providers involvement in treating nicotine addiction

Products Covered by the Policy

Tobacco products include, but are not limited to:

  • Cigarettes

  • Cigars

  • Chewing tobacco Pipe smoking

  • Dissolvable tobacco, including strips, sticks, orbs, and other new products

  • Electronic smoking or vaping devices

Physical Boundaries of the Policy

This policy shall apply to all indoor and outdoor spaces owned, leased or contracted by MHA, including:

  • Parking lots and driveways that are used by MHA

  • MHA vehicles

  • Vehicles on property that are owned, leased, or used by MHA

  • Adjoining sidewalks to MHA owned or leased property, extending 25 feet from MHA property

 

MHA is proud to offer Tobacco Cessation Services.

Call 316-685-1821 to get more information.

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Consumer Satisfaction 

We want to hear about your experiences at MHA. Please CLICK HERE to take our Consumer Experience Survey. You may also receive survey links at different points during the year via email or be asked to complete a paper survey at your appointment. 

If you have suggestions for how to improve our services between survey times, please feel free to drop a note with your ideas into the suggestion box at any location or send an email to suggestionbox@mhasck.org.

If you have a complaint or grievance and have not been able to resolve it by speaking directly to the staff involved or their supervisor, we invite you to complete a Consumer Grievance Form or emailing our Compliance Officer. Information about our full grievance policy is located in our Consumer Guide to Services.  

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