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Human Rights Teams

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has released Bulletin 00-21-01: Guidance for Human Rights Teams and Human Rights Committees, effective today, Friday, February 5, 2021. The purpose of this bulletin is to provide guidance related to the formation and responsibilities of Human Rights Teams (HRTs) and Human Rights Committees (HRCs) and clarify the roles of all members of HRTs and HRCs in the management, approval, and oversight of restrictive procedures.

The guidance outlined in this bulletin aligns with ODP’s mission, vision, and values and reflects regulatory and contractual expectations for administrative entities (AEs) and providers. The requirements and recommendations discussed in this bulletin are intended to support a consistent approach to ensure an individual’s health, safety, welfare, and rights.

All of the information in this bulletin that addresses the use of an HRT applies to providers who render services through all of the waivers, including the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW). However, the functions of the HRC discussed in this bulletin for participants enrolled in the AAW are fulfilled by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations (BSASP) instead of by an AE.