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The following Client Rights statement supports and protects your rights as a human being including fundamental human, civil, constitutional and statutory rights. We want you and your family to be involved in your care and fully informed of your rights while you are a client at the Aiken Center. As a client of the Aiken Center, you have the following rights:
The Aiken Center prohibits the possession and use of alcohol and non-prescription drugs within its facilities. Discovery of any illicit drugs or the illegal possession of prescription drugs will be reported to the City of Aiken Department of Public Safety. Clients who report for treatment services impaired by the use of any mood-altering substances will not be allowed to participate.
No concealed weapons of any kind, such as guns, box cutters, knives or any other sharp instrument are allowed on Aiken Center premises. The only exception is that a duly certified law enforcement officer on official business may carry his/her weapon on the premises. For unofficial business, such as counseling services, law enforcement officers are to leave their weapon in a locked vehicle. Any concealed weapons found on the premises will be reported to law enforcement officials.
Aiken Center policy prohibits the placement of clients in seclusion or physical restraint as a part of their treatment or intervention program. Clients are not permitted to physically restrain other clients.
Aggressive/Assaultive behavior toward clients, staff or visitors by staff or clients will not be tolerated. These behaviors may be grounds for immediate discharge.
The Aiken Center is a smoke-free work environment. Smoking is prohibited except in those locations that have been designated as smoking areas. Anyone under the age of twenty-one (21) is prohibited from smoking on Aiken Center premises.
Basic program rules include: maintain confidentiality, be on time, respect others and their rights, one person speaks at a time, and use “I” statements. Additional rules may apply and will be reviewed with you by your counselor. The Aiken Center does not restrict the rights or privileges of its clients.
You may file a formal grievance or appeal a decision made by Aiken Center employees, without fear of reprisal, if you feel your rights have been violated or if you feel a staff member has violated the Aiken Center Code of Conduct (Ethics). All grievances will be addressed in a confidential manner. In addition, ADSAP clients have additional appeal procedures afforded by Section 56 5 2990 of the Code of South Carolina laws, as amended.
Aiken Center clinical staff members are cognizant of their potentially influential position with respect to clients and they avoid exploiting this trust. Aiken Center clinical staff members make every effort to avoid dual relationships with clients that could impair their professional judgment or increase the risk of exploitation. Therefore, Aiken Center clinical staff must:
In addition to the above standards of ethical conduct, direct service providers who hold credentials from their professional groups are also bound by their standards. These groups include:
Any comments, concerns, or suspected violations of this Code of Ethics should be reported to the Aiken Center’s Corporate Compliance Officer at (803) 649-1900 ext. 344.
The Aiken Center encourages its clients to take an active role in their care by stating their health care preferences in writing through legal documents known as advance directives. Advance directives, such as living wills and durable powers of attorney for health care, are documents written in advance of serious illness that let you state your choices for health care or name someone to make those decisions if you are unable to do so. Through the use of advance directives you can make legally valid decisions about your future medical treatment.
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The health and safety of our clients, employees and visitors is of prime concern to us. It is the policy of the Aiken Center to provide and maintain a safe and healthy environment for our clients, staff and members of the community in order to ensure a rehabilitative atmosphere.
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From time to time, we will be conducting emergency drills. Anyone on the Aiken Center premises is expected to participate. During these drills you may be expected to exit the building. Emergency exits are located throughout the building and are clearly marked. Your counselor will inform you of the nearest exit and assist you in exiting the building safely. Please follow the directions provided by your counselor. We thank you for your assistance in this matter.
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In the case of an emergency, such as fire, tornado, acts of violence, follow the instructions given to you by your counselor/Aiken Center staff members.
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You will receive educational materials concerning precautions to be taken to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, TB, etc. Please study this information carefully and talk with your counselor if you have questions.