If you are admitted to a foster home, you are asked to sign a reception agreement explaining your rights and obligations as well as those of the care home. In recent years, contracts have been signed by nursing homes, which often contained misleading or illegal conditions. Residents are not required to sign this arbitration agreement as a condition of admission to this facility and may not waive the possibility of bringing legal action for violation of the Resident Bill of Rights. By signing a binding arbitration agreement, you waive your constitutional right to go to court in the event of a dispute in the institution, even if it is abuse or negligence. There is no right to appeal a decision rendered by binding arbitration. Residents and their legal representatives may terminate an arbitration agreement by written notice to the institution within 30 days of signing. (California Code of Civil Procedure §1295) Nursing homes cannot require the signing of an arbitration agreement and cannot submit an arbitration agreement under the standard licensing agreement. (California Health & Safety Code §1599.81, Title 22 California Code of Regulations § 73518). Each arbitration agreement is separate from the standard accreditation agreement and must contain in the above agreement the following information in large print: the accreditation agreement must clearly indicate whether the nursing home participates in the Medi-Cal and Medicare programs. (California Health & Safety Code §§1599.66 &1439.8, California Welfare & Institutions Code §14022.3) This information is available in Section V (Financial Agreements) of the Standard Authorisation Agreement.