PUBLIC MEETINGS

BOARD MEETINGS
Dates are subject to change based on Board action and proper notification.
Meetings are held at the MHRS Board office at 4817 State Road, Suite 203 Ashtabula, Ohio at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise notified.

To view the latest board meeting dates and board meeting minutes please visit the board member page at https://www.ashtabulamhrs.org/board-of-directors/

PUBLIC INFORMATION REQUESTS

The Ashtabula County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board (MHRS Board), in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code, defines public records as the following: documents including paper, and electronic (including, but not limited to, e-mail), or other format that is created or received by, or comes under the jurisdiction of a public office that documents the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, operations or other activities of the office. All records of the MHRS Board are public unless they are exempt from disclosure under the Ohio Revised Code.

Public records can be requested 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday during regular business hours, with the exception of published holidays. Any public records that are to be provided under the law will be made available within a reasonable period of time. Requests can be made by contacting the MHRS Board by doing one of the following:

  • Email the request to mwalton@ashtabulamhrs.org
  • Call 440-992-3121, or
  • Write to the Board Executive Director at:
    Ashtabula County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board
    Attn: Executive Director
    4817 State Road, Suite 203
    Ashtabula, Ohio 44004

CONSUMER RIGHTS

The Ashtabula County Mental Health & Recovery Services Board (MHRS Board) requires each service provider agency to appoint a Clients’ Rights Officer and alternate to be available to discuss concerns from consumers, family members or advocates regarding adherence to the following list of consumer’s rights. In addition, the MHRS Board appoints a Clients’ Rights Officer for the system and has an established protocol for responding to concerns. If you would like further information, contact the MHRS Board Clients’ Rights Officer at 440-992-3121.You may also file a written complaint with the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services if you feel your privacy rights have been violated. You will not be retaliated against for filing a complaint.

Each person who receives services from a provider of the public mental health system has the following rights:

  • The right to be treated with consideration and respect for personal dignity, autonomy and privacy.
  • The right to service in a humane setting which is the least restrictive feasible as defined in the treatment plan;
  • The right to be informed of one’s own condition, of proposed or current services, treatment or therapies and of the alternatives;
  • The right to consent or refuse any service, treatment or therapy upon full explanation of the expected consequences of such consent or refusal. A parent or legal guardian may consent to or refuse any service, treatment or therapy on behalf of a minor client;
  • The right to a current, written, individualized service plan that addresses one’s own mental health, physical health, social and economic needs, and that specifies the provision of appropriate and adequate services, as available, either directly or by referral;
  • The right to active and informed participation in the establishment, periodic review and reassessment of the service plan;
  • The right to freedom from unnecessary or excessive medication;
  • The right to freedom from unnecessary restraint or seclusion;
  • The right to participate in any appropriate and available agency service, regardless of refusal of one or more other services, treatments or therapies, or regardless of relapse from earlier treatment in that or another service, unless there is a valid and specific necessity which precludes and/or requires the client’s participation in other services. This necessity shall be explained to the client and written in the client’s current service plan;
  • The right to be informed of and refuse any unusual or hazardous treatment procedures;
  • The right to be advised of and refuse observation by techniques such as one-way mirrors, tape recorders, televisions, movies, or photographs;
  • The right to have the opportunity to consult with independent treatment specialists or legal counsel, at one’s own expense;
  • The right to confidentiality of communications and of all personally identifying information within the limitations and requirements for disclosure of various funding and /or certifying sources, state or federal statutes, unless release of information is specifically authorized by the client or parent or legal guardian of a minor client or court-appointed guardian of the person of an adult client in accordance with rule 5122:2-3-11 of the administrative code;
  • The right to have access to one’s own psychiatric, medical or other treatment records, unless access to particular identified items of information is specifically restricted for that individual client for clear treatment reasons in the client’s treatment plan. “Clear treatment reasons” shall be understood to mean only severe emotional damage to the client such that dangerous or self-injurious behavior is an imminent risk. The person restricting the information shall explain to the client and other persons authorized by the client the factual information about the individual client that necessitates the restriction. The restriction must be renewed at least annually to retain validity. Any person authorized by the client has unrestricted access to all information. Clients shall be informed in writing of agency policies and procedures for viewing or obtaining copies of personal records;
  • The right to be informed in advance of the reason(s) for discontinuance of service provision and to be involved in planning for the consequences of that event;
  • The right to receive an explanation of the reasons for denial of service;
  • The right to not be discriminated