Programs that accept and, where possible, attempt to resolve complaints regarding the licensing or certification; incompetence of staff; cleanliness, safety and adequacy of facilities and equipment; treatment of clients; breaches of confidentiality; unethical, improper or unprofessional conduct of personnel; or other inappropriate business practices of organizations that provide services for people who have substance use disorders which may include education/prevention services, DUI offender programs, substance use disorder assessment, detoxification, inpatient treatment, supportive services or transitional residential services.
Programs that provide information, education, advocacy and/or other forms of legal assistance which relate to the rights of people who are patients in a health or mental health care facility, who are residents of convalescent or other long or short-term care facilities including adult residential care homes, or who are incapacitated and are being cared for at home by family members. Services may also be available to significant others of these individuals.
Organizations whose members are mental health service providers, consumers, parents and advocates who have affiliated for the purpose of improving mental health services, preventing mental illness, promoting social conditions which enhance the potential for good mental health and advocating for an environment of awareness and tolerance. Many mental health associations provide information about and referral to local mental health resources, public education regarding mental illness, advocacy, and technical assistance and training on issues affecting their members.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.