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Learn more about the difference between a voluntary and an involuntary discharge.

Voluntary Discharge
A resident will be granted voluntary discharge from the program at Mwangaza Behavioral Health Residential Care when Resident:

  • Achieves maximum benefit from our services;
  • Has a good probability of success in a less restrictive setting or living on his/her own;
  • Demonstrates functional improvements and independence;
  • Sustains satisfying and healthy functioning in regards to social, vocational, self-care, and residential roles;
  • Fulfills conditions on treatment plan; or
  • Has been assessed to have therapeutic needs that exceed the scope of services of this facility.

Resident or the representative may request, without notice, voluntary discharge if there is substantial evidence proven by a governmental agency that there is neglect, abuse, exploitation or dangerous living conditions in the facility or if MWANGAZA BHRF is determined to be in non-compliance with the resident’s service plan.

Involuntary Discharge

MWANGAZA BHRF administration may exercise an involuntary discharge of a resident after an initial written warning/counseling with resident and resident representative. Criteria for discharge may include:

  • Residents behavior appears to be a threat to health and safety towards him/herself or other residents in the facility (no notice may be given).
  • Resident repeatedly engages in unprovoked physical abuse of another resident or personnel members.
  • Residents behavioral care and needs have suddenly exceeded the services MWANGAZA BHRF is licensed to provide (no notice may be given)
  • Resident attempting suicide, arson, extensive gang involvement, sexual activity with peers, continued drug/alcohol use, or documented pattern or non-compliance with MWANGAZA BHRF facility program rules.
  • MWANGAZA BHRF will provide resident or legal guardian/representative 30 days’ notice prior to starting the discharge process.
  • Agency administrator shall ensure that, at the time of discharge, a resident receives a referral for treatment or ancillary services that the resident may need after discharge.
  • Agency administrator shall ensure that a discharge summary: is entered into the resident record within 15 days after a resident’s discharge; is completed by a behavioral health professional or a behavioral health technician under the oversight of the clinical supervisor; and


  • The resident’s presenting issue and other behavioral health
  • Issues identified in the resident’s treatment plan;
  • A summary of the treatment provided to the resident;
  • The resident’s progress in meeting treatment goals, including treatment goals that were and were not achieved;
  • The name, dosage, and frequency of each medication for the resident ordered at the time of the resident’s discharge by the nurse practitioner at the agency; and
  • A description of the disposition of the resident’s possessions, funds, or medications.

MWANGAZA BHRF agency administrator shall provide a resident who is dependent upon a prescribed medication is offered detoxification services, opioid treatment, a written referral to detoxification services or opioid treatment before the resident is discharged from the agency if agency nurse practitioner will not be prescribing the medication for the resident at or after discharge.

MWANGAZA BHRF agency administrator shall ensure that a resident who is involuntarily discharged is offered or provided a written notice indicating:

  • The resident’s right to submit a grievance, and
  • The agency’s grievance policy and procedure.

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If you have further inquiries about our discharge policies, get in touch with us by calling 520-248-1295. You may also Set An Appointment at your convenience.