Disability and Discharge Rights from a Mental Health Facility
Discharge planning should begin as soon as you are admitted to the hospital, whether you are admitted voluntarily or involuntarily. If you are admitted involuntarily and a court orders that you be treated for a set period of time, discharge planning should still begin when you arrive at the hospital. Whether you are in a state hospital or a private psychiatric facility, you have a right to participate in the discharge planning process, which includes telling the hospital staff what services and supports you think you need when you leave the hospital and where you want to live.
With your permision, the hospital or facility must make a reasonable effort to notify your family before you are discharged. You can ask the hospital not to notify your family.