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Restraint and Seclusion Guidelines: Rights of Texas Residents During Behavioral Interventions in Mental Health Programs

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This article tells you about your rights regarding restraint and seclusion during interventions in mental health programs. This article was written by Disability Rights Texas.


All people have certain basic legal rights, including people who have mental illness and people who are in mental health facilities. In some cases, these rights can be restricted by a judge or by your doctor. If you are placed in a mental health facility, this material has information you need to know about restraint and seclusion.

Click here for a link to Disability Rights Texas' "Restraint and Seclusion Guidelines: Rights of People Receiving Behavioral Interventions."

If You Think Your Rights Have Been Violated

If you believe one of your rights has been violated, you should first contact your treatment team at the facility where you are located. Additionally, you have the right to talk to any of the following:

  • The Consumer Rights Officer, located at all mental health facilities
  • The TDMHMR Office of Consumer Services and Rights Protection at 1-800- 252-8154 or (512) 323-3242
  • Disability Rights Texas

If you believe that you have been abused or neglected in the process of being put in seclusion or in restraint you should call the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services at 1-800-647-7418. 

For further information, please contact any Disability Rights Texas office at the address and/or telephone number indicated on their website on the "Contact" page

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