Human Rights Committee

The Human Rights Committee is a group ensuring you are not being unfairly treated, and your rights are not being violated during the course of treatment. Overseeing human rights protection for you, your loved ones, and our communities.

Our Mission

The Human Rights Committee (HRC) is a standing committee of Partners Health Management’s Board of Directors. The Committee’s mission is to protect the human rights of individuals served by providers in the Partners’ Network in the delivery of mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and substance use services.

What is HRC?

HRC membership includes individuals receiving services, family members, board members, and advocates. The committee protects the human rights of those individuals receiving services, including the right to dignity, privacy, humane care, and freedom from mental and physical abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Every Local Management Entity-Managed Care Organization, state facility, and provider agency is required to have an HRC.

Why is HRC?

HRC volunteers have a great opportunity to influence the increased quality of care for individuals receiving services by ensuring their consumer rights are being upheld during treatment and recovery.

HRC in Action

As informed advocates, HRC members:

  • Ensure an individual’s consumer rights are being met in compliance with Article 3 of North Carolina General Statute 122C
  • Establish processes to discuss, review, and monitor concerns, grievances/complaints, and alleged consumer rights violations
  • Ensure restrictive procedures and plans do not violate human rights
  • Address failures to provide needed services available in Partners’ service area
  • Assist in producing the annual report for NC Division of Mental Health/ Developmental Disabilities/Substance Abuse Section

Join HRC

Currently, HRC is seeking members with the following experience to represent their counties:

  • Knowledge of mental health to represent Burke, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Rutherford, Stanly, Surry, Union, and Yadkin counties
  • Knowledge of intellectual and developmental disabilities to represent Burke, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Rutherford, Stanly, Surry, Union, and Yadkin counties.
  • Knowledge of substance use disorders for Burke, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Rutherford, Stanly, Surry, Union, and Yadkin.


Human Rights Committee members must be willing to:

  • Receive training for their role on the committee;
  • Sign the Partners Confidentiality agreement;
  • Attend scheduled meetings;
  • Make efforts to be informed about issues affecting persons with disabilities;
  • Be open-minded, tolerant, and open to diversity; and
  • Serve on no other Partners’ consumer committees to allow for more participation from others in each county.

HRC Membership Application

If you are interested in applying to serve on the Human Rights Committee, please complete the application. All questions should be directed to Bonnie Stanifer at or (704) 884-2519.

HRC Meeting Information

Human Rights Committee meetings are normally on the third Tuesday of every other month. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to join us at Partners’ Hickory Regional Office, 1985 Tate Boulevard SE, Hickory, NC 28602, or through video conference at the Elkin Regional Office, 200 Elkin Business Park Drive, Elkin, NC 28621.

For more information, please contact Bonnie Stanifer at or (704) 884-2519.

Meeting Minutes 2023

August 14, 2023 February 21, 2023
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Meeting Minutes 2022

December 6, 2022 August 16, 2022 May 17, 2022 February 2, 2022
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Meeting Minutes 2021

August 24, 2021 May 18, 2021 February 16, 2021
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Meeting Minutes 2020

May 19, 2020  November 17, 2020
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Meeting Minutes  2018-2019

Sept 18, 2018 Nov 13, 2018 Feb 19, 2019 May 21, 2019
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Meeting Minutes  2017-2018

Mar 21, 2017 Aug 15, 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Feb 20, 2018
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If you would like a copy of the minutes from a meetings prior to 2017, please email

Updated: November 30, 2023