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SECTION 9.07
Notice to all patients of their rights and of the availability of the mental hygiene legal service
Mental Hygiene (MHY) CHAPTER 27, TITLE B, ARTICLE 9
§ 9.07 Notice to all patients of their rights and of the availability of

the mental hygiene legal service.

(a) Immediately upon the admission of any patient to a hospital or
upon his conversion to a different status, the director shall inform the
patient in writing of his status, including the section of this chapter
under which he is hospitalized, and of his rights under this article,
including the availability of the mental hygiene legal service. At any
time thereafter, upon the request of the patient or of anyone on the
patient's behalf, the patient shall be permitted to communicate with the
mental hygiene legal service and avail himself of the facilities
thereof.

(b) The director of every hospital shall post copies of a notice, in a
form and manner to be determined by the commissioner, at places
throughout the hospital where such notice will be conspicuous and
visible to all patients, stating the following:

1. the availability of the mental hygiene legal service.

2. a general statement of the rights of patients under the various
admission or retention provisions of this article.

3. the right of the patient to communicate with the director, the
board of visitors, the commissioner of mental health, and the mental
hygiene legal service.