Policy Manual


Censoring and Opening Mail      

Type: Procedure                 Category: Service Delivery                 Level: Community Care 

Parties: Community Care Employees and/or Contractees

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Supporting References: COA Standard RTX 15.04; Rights of Recipients page 47; Mental Health Residential Regs. page 23 section 7) Communication and section e) Restriction of Communication

Parent Effective Date Approval Level Revision Dates Last Reviewed
N/A  6-19-2003  Management Team    12-1-2008
Related Document Code Related Document Name Type
3.ME.25 Maintaining Contact or Communication with Family and/or Significant Other Persons Policy

Procedure:  .

. During the admission process, the service provider or designee, client, and/or guardian will discuss and assess the conditions under which the client will receive and send mail.

2. Employees and/or contractees will not open or censor mail except under the following conditions:

  1. Mail is suspected to contain unauthorized, dangerous or illegal materials or substances.
  2. Receiving or sending unopened mail is contraindicated in the service plan.

3. The team will discuss with the client that there may be a need to censor or open mail they receive or plan to send for reasons a. and b. listed above. The team will decide the conditions under which the censoring will occur and the person or persons responsible for censoring the mail will be identified

4. Discussions and decisions about mail will be documented in the client's service plan and case record.

5. The team will review these decisions at least every 90 days, or when there is a change in the situation that required the censoring of mail.

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