House Bill 220 protects patient rights

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, April 25, 2005

On the March 31, Committee Substitute for House Bill 220 was passed out of the Health, Education and Social Services Committee. In essence, it states that Alaska mental health institutions must make a good-faith effort to supply gender choice of staff for hands-on intimate care to their patients. The bill is based on a Bangor, Maine, policy where they do make a good-faith effort.

House Bill 220 needs to pass the House and Senate.

Alaska needs to move forward to protecting constitutional rights and guaranteeing basic human rights to their psychiatric patients.

Faith Myers and Dorothy Collins

Anchorage



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