Riverside Community Care’s Human Rights Committee ensures everyone receiving services enjoys the civil and human rights they deserve. We guarantee all people served are respected, valued, and active members of their care plan.
The committee is facilitated by a Riverside Director and consists of volunteers who carefully examine our services to verify our organization protects and promotes the rights of the individuals, families, and communities receiving care – people with mental health conditions, intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain injuries, and behavioral health challenges. Members of the committee also advocate for those who need additional support and conduct comprehensive visits of our programs.
One of the core tenets of Riverside Community Care is that individuals not only receive services, but purposefully engage with their program and have a meaningful voice in their care. The Human Rights Committee is instrumental in affirming this essential principle.
The Human Rights Committee is open to:
- Medical professionals
- Social workers/clinicians
- Attorneys/legal advocates/law students
- Community members
- Persons receiving DMH or DDS services
- Family members of persons served
- Other interested parties
- Attending a one-hour virtual meeting approximately every six to eight weeks
- Conducting visits across our Riverside programs (visit homes to assess living conditions, confirm the people served are valued members of their community, verify everyone’s rights are respected, etc.)
- Reviewing and providing guidance on Riverside’s human rights policies and practices
- Reviewing reports to ensure our services meet Riverside’s high standards of excellence
- Acting as a member of an Institutional Review Board (IRB) for research proposals, if applicable and interested
- Dedicating less than five hours per month to the committee