Virtual roundtable: What are your rights in a psychiatric hospital?

Posted at 4:32 PM, May 13, 2024
and last updated 2024-05-14 20:58:24-04

(WXYZ) — The 7 Investigators were the first to show you in February how patients have been alleging they were held against their will in psychiatric hospitals, or they say they were coerced into staying for treatment they don’t need. Since then, we’ve received hundreds of calls and emails from patients and family members with similar stories.

This issue of voluntary vs. involuntary admission keeps coming up in our community.

That’s why on Tuesday, 7 News Detroit streamed a virtual roundtable about your rights in a psychiatric hospital on our website and across our digital platforms.

Watch the roundtable below:

Virtual roundtable: What are your rights in a psychiatric hospital?

The roundtable was put on by Disability Rights Michigan and the Mental Health Association in Michigan.

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Resources for those who may need help:

To file a complaint with LARA, click here.

VIDEO: Watch the original investigation from February below:

Michigan doc pre-signed blank forms that can rob you of your freedom

The Intent to Terminate Mental Health Treatment form:

If you or someone you care about is experiencing a mental health crisis, get help from:

988 is the national number that is in operation in Michigan. It is joined with the MI Crisis and Access Line.

Michigan crisis and access line: 1-844-44 MICAL

•Michigan Peer Warmline
7 Days a week | 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. | 1-888-PEER-753 | Michigan Peer WarmLine Website
The Michigan Peer Warmline is a statewide warmline for Michiganders living with persistent mental health and/or substance use conditions. The warmline will connect individuals with certified peer support specialists who have lived experiences of behavioral health issues, trauma, or personal crises, and are trained to support and empower the callers.

National Suicide Prevention Deaf and Hard of Hearing Hotline
Access 24/7 video relay service
Call: 1-800-273-8255 (TTY 1-800-799-4889)

Community Mental Health Service Provider (CMHSP) Crisis Lines
Each Community Mental Health Service Provider (CMHSP) has its own crisis and access line, which is an important component of ensuring integrated care for some of the most vulnerable Michiganders. 988 and MiCAL do not and will not replace these lines but will partner with CMHSPs to ensure coordination of services. To find a CMHSP near you, click here.


Recipient Rights Offices at hospitals can be found online: Office of Recipient Rights ( on how to contact the Rights Office at aMDHHS-operated Hospital or Center. (

The State of Michigan Recipient Rights Office: 1-800-854-9090

Hearing impaired individuals may use the following number: Michigan Relay Center 711

For administrative complaints against the hospital: File a Complaint with BSC (

If you are a Medicare beneficiary, you can file a grievance against a hospital: Contact Us |iMPROveHealth

  • Medicare beneficiaries: Call Livanta at 888-524-9900 for State of Michigan Medicare quality-of-care complaints and appeal requests.