Human Rights Committees


Human Rights Committees, Revised and Updated 4th Edition
Staying on Course with Services and Supports for People with Intellectual Disabilities
"To avoid rubber-stamping, and to gain the support needed to do an effective job, the HRC must have an open, accessible process; a commitment to dialogue; and each committee member's willingness to be a resource rather than a gatekeeper." — Steve Baker and Amy Tabor
Are the persons you serve exercising "little c" choices or "Big C" choices? A highly effective human rights committee (HRC) ensures the Big C options. This book offers the QMRP, case manager, executive, or program director more than just tips for starting and maintaining an HRC. Discover methods to:
  • Ensure that the person receiving services understands his/her rights
  • Select insightful committee members
  • Schedule and conduct meetings for maximum effectiveness
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Tackle both the unusual and the everyday
  • Keep accurate records, and more!
Start today to make—or remake—your HRC into a powerful cornerstone for full and abundant living for the persons you serve.
Price: $22.95 - Format: Paperback - Pages: 123 - ISBN: 978-1-892696-564 - Order #: HT23a
What others say about this book:
“This book, now in its fourth iteration, remains the quintessential blueprint for establishing HRCs, executing the function, and enfranchising all stakeholders to protect human dignity and fundamental rights. From its historical backdrop to the step-by-step recipe for designing an effective HRC, this book is the “go-to” resource for all persons engaged in the complex world of health care and service provision for the mentally challenged and disabled.” - Timothy M. Moore, MD, Ph.D., Department Head, Department of Drug Discovery and Development, Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn University

“This timely update of Human Rights Committees not only adds new tools for practitioners but also should be on the reading lists for students planning for careers in the field of disability services.” - Jack King, MAPA, Director of Student Professional Development, Northern Illinois University
“Every Human Rights Committee member needs to be provided with a copy of Human Rights Committees: From Compliance to Cultural Commitment to enhance their understanding of the history and importance of the HRC. This book is an invaluable tool for assisting the HRC to organize and function in a way that upholds its values and mission–to assure the rights and well-being of the individuals they support. The resources and tools the book offers will assist any HRC. I would, and frequently have, recommended providers purchase it for their HRC members.” - Catherine Hayes, President, H&W Independent Solutions"
 "This book has been a valuable resource for me as I have assumed the leadership of our Human Rights Committee. It is thought provoking and gives practical guidance on many important issues."
— Larry West, Program Director, MHMR of Tarrant County (Texas)
 "Our Human Rights Committee Chair has found the book on HRC to be extremely useful. She is working with an agency consultant (who is a former state surveyor) to enhance our HRC policies and procedures." — Tonya L. Griffin, MS, Director of Quality Assurance, PRALID, Inc.

In Human Rights Committees: From Compliance to Cultural Commitment, Amy Tabor provides an exemplary guide pertaining to the development and implementation of a Human Rights Committee. A broad range of organizations providing services to people with developmental and/or physical disabilities will find that the book offers all the information needed to support those they serve with dignity and respect. Amy Tabor has helped Volunteers of America implement the Human Rights Committee concept, and we are better for her personal touch! - Wallace T. Davis, Ph.D., President and CEO, Volunteers of America Southeast, Inc.
 Promoting and protecting the human rights of our fellow citizens with disabilities is one of the most fundamentally important aspects of our work as professionals and advocates. This book provides a great resource to guide individuals and committees as they build effective practices to safeguard against the use of overly restrictive practices. Tabor and Baker present a range of practical strategies and approaches to ensure due process and strengthen the effectiveness of your Human Rights Committee. - Tina Campanella, CEO, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities

Table of Contents

Introduction Historical Perspective 1892... 1947... 1953... 1961... 1974... 1984... 1994... The New Millennium Society's Response Academic and Professional Responses Rights as Societal Building Blocks Guidelines for HRC Development: Some Philosophical Agency Considerations Best/Promising Practices Environmental Context Personal Growth and Self-Determination The Best Interest of the Person Freedom from Harm Fundamental Issues Rights Restrictions; Due Process; Informed Consent What is a Human Rights Committee? HRC Mission Statement Practical Guidelines for Today's HRC Committee Empowerment Confidentiality, Anonymity and HIPPAA Identifying Important Issues Emergence and Evolution of Human Rights Issues Conducting an Effective Dialogue Common HRC Issues Some Cautions The Dangers of Rubber-Stamping; The Essential Outsider's Perspective; Timeliness; Additional HRC Roles; Appeal of HRC Decisions; Bottom Line Establishing and Designing a Human Rights Committee Common HRC Models Membership Composition: Who should be on the HRC? Membership Roles, Qualities & Qualifications Chairperson Roles, Qualities & Qualifications When Advocacy Alone Is Not Enough Recruitment Strategies Initial and Ongoing Member Education Meeting Frequency Calendars, Reminders and Invitations Agendas, Sign-in Sheets and Minutes Gathering and Presenting Information, Frequently Asked QuestionsAppendices A. Sample HRC Issue Checklist B. BMC/HRC Flow Chart C. United Nations "Declaration on the Rights of Mentally Retarded Persons" D. Sample Policy E. Comparative Data F. Sample Confidentiality Agreement G. Sample Bill of Rights H. Sample Minutes/Data Collection Format References and Resources


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