The Patient Advisory Board is a 5 member board for patients to provide their unique and invaluable perspective to clinic management, staff, and providers about how to make improvements, with the goal of better serving all clinic patients.
A patient advocate is a responsible client who has been in high-functioning recovery for a period of time. They can help to guide fellow patients through the confusing maze of substance use disorder treatment with caring sensitivity. They can:
- focus exclusively on patient needs.
- help the patient resolve concerns about the quality of their care.
- ensure that the patient’s voice is heard.
- include the patient in decision making for their programs and treatment.
Patient advocacy seeks to ensure that those who are most vulnerable in treatment are able to have their voice heard on issues that are important to them. Advocacy:
- defends and safeguard patients’ rights.
- ensures that patient views and wishes are genuinely considered when decisions are being made about their lives.