Rights and Responsibilities

Questions or Concerns

For questions or to discuss concerns, contact the following:

  • Rhode Island Department of Health

Bradley Hospital and Lifespan recognize the rights of each of our patients. State laws have been established to ensure that your rights are respected.

Patients Rights and Responsibilities 

Children's Bill of Rights

The Children's Bill of Rights (Rhode Island General Laws 42-72-15) protects the legal and civil rights of all children in state care.

It provides in part:

  • No child in DCYF care shall be deprived of any personal property or civil rights without due process.
  • Each child shall receive humane and dignified treatment with full respect for his or her personal dignity and right to privacy.
  • Each child may communicate with any individual, group or agency, consistent with the child's treatment plan.
  • Regarding children in secure facilities, DCYF shall specify when restraint and seclusion may be used, and when and how communication by mail or phone may be restricted.
  • Each child in a secure facility may receive visitors, including his or her clergyman, attorney, guardian ad Iitem, special advocate, child advocate, physicians and mental health professionals.
  • A child is entitled to a free and appropriate education immediately upon being placed.
  • Child victims as witnesses are afforded statutory  protections.
  • A child cannot be involuntarily placed outside the State of Rhode Island without a court hearing.
  • A child cannot be denied drug treatment solely because of DCYF placement.
  • Violations of the Children’s Bill of Rights are handled exclusively by the Family Court.
  • The Children’s Bill of Rights must be posted in a conspicuous place in all secure facilities and/or residential placement facilities.