How EVERY Indiana Offender on Parole or Probation Can Hold Their Court Mandated Treatment Providers Accountable
Almost every parole and probation offender is court ordered to attend treatment or counseling or both. For drug offenders it’s relapse provention programs. For sex offenders in Indiana it’s ordinarily SOMM III or some form of it. In La Porte county, Indiana, sex offenders are always court ordered to attend the local SOAR program.
Even though you’re court ordered to attend counseling or treatment, and obligated to foot the bill, that doesn’t mean that you have no right to dispute the counseling or treatment services you are receiving. IC 24-5-0.5-3 prohibits an “unfair, abusive, or deceptive act, omission, or practice…” Sec. 3. (a) states: “A supplier may not commit an unfair, abusive, or deceptive act, omission, or practice in connection with a consumer transaction. Such an act, omission, or practice by a supplier is a violation of this chapter whether it occurs before, during, or after the transaction. An act, omission, or practice prohibited by this section includes both implicit and explicit misrepresentations.” The word “supplier” is defined under the law to include mental health care providers.
In addition, in 1984, Congress created the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) program. The PAIMI program gave the nationwide network of Protection and Advocacy agencies (P&As) the authority to investigate abuse and neglect in facilities that care for or treat individuals with mental illness.These advocates also provide legal advice for navigating our complicated mental health system
If you feel that you are not being treated fairly, as an Indiana consumer you can file a formal complaint with the Indiana Attorney General’s Office. You may also file a private law suite.
Consumer laws in Indiana have been put in place to protect Hoosiers, including probationers and parolees, from scams, enforce their rights against businesses (including mental health treatment providers), and generally lay out their rights as consumers in the marketplace. They are intended to safeguard Hoosiers in commercial transactions, and protect them from financial harm.
The professional licensing boards, commissions, and committees within the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency are charged with the responsibility of disciplining licensees who have violated practice standards, acted dishonestly, or acted unethically. The standards of practice are located in IC 25-1-9 (health professions) and IC 25-1-11 (non-health professions). Additional standards of conduct may be contained in the individual board, commission, or committee statutes and rules. Want to know if your treatment provider has been the subject of discipline? To find out, begin your search by clicking here.
For a complete list of the Indiana statues and rules covering the health profession in Indiana click here.
For more information regarding disciplinary actions taken against individual licensees is available online.
To visit the Indiana’s Consumer Protection Division click here.
To fill out a patient abuse or neglect complaint click here.
To fill out a consumer complaint click here.
To file a complaint against a health care facility in Indiana click here. Or call the Indiana State Department of Health at: 1-800-246-8909.
Mental Health Agency
402 West Washington Street
Phone Number: (317)-232-7800
Fax Number: (317)-233-3472
Web Site: http://www.in.gov/fssa/dmha/index.htm
Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Indiana State Department of Health
Health Care Quality and Regulatory Commission
Health Care Facility Complaint Program
2 North Meridian Street, 4B
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 233-7442 (Long Term Care Receptionist)
(317) 233-1325 (ISDH Main Switchboard)
Toll-free Health Care Facility Complaint Line
Complaint and Incident Reporting Program Director