Rights of Patients in Mental Health Facilities & Re-Entry to the Community
Each county has a County Mental Health Plan. The plans give you mental health services. Some plans arrange and pay for services through other providers. This pub tells you what to do if you are not happy with the services or a plan does not give you or stops the services you need.
This pub tells you about year-long mental health conservatorships. It tells you how to challenge conservatorships in court. It has frequently asked questions. It has sample court papers.
This pub is for people on a Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act hold. It tells you about your right to consent to medication. In an emergency, someone else decides if you have to take medication. When a court decides you are not able to consent, someone else decides for you. This pub tells you about the law.
We call people with mental health disabilities in the criminal justice system the forensic mental health population. Sometimes we treat them like civilly committed people. At other times like criminals. This publication tells you about the five main types of forensic commitments. It tells you about your rights. It is a guide for patients, advocates and lawyers.
This pub tells you about your rights when you are “incompetent to stand trial.” “Incompetent to stand trial” means you cannot understand the legal proceedings or help your lawyer. It tells you how long you will have to stay in a hospital. It tells you how often the court reviews your case.
This pub tells you about the process for a “Lanterman-Petris Short Act” or LPS hearing. This type of hearing decides whether you are gravely disabled and have a mental disorder. The pub helps you understand what happens in the courtroom. It tells you what to do if you lose your hearing.
This pub tells you why you may lose your bed in a state mental health hospital. This can happen when you attend a court hearing in person. The pub tells you why this may be a problem for you. It gives you some advice so you can keep your bed.
This pub is about people who are “incompetent to stand trial.” “Incompetent to stand trial” means you cannot understand the legal proceedings or help your lawyer. This pub tells you when a court can force you to take medication. It tells you about the court process. It tells you how to appeal.
This pub tells you about “not guilty by reason of insanity.” “Not guilty by reason of insanity” means you did not know or understand your actions when you committed a crime. It also can mean you could not tell right from wrong when you committed a crime. This pub tells you where you will live until your sanity is “restored.” It tells you about your rights.
This pub gives ideas to prevent or reduce the use of “seclusion and restraint.” Often facility staff use them to control resident behavior. This pub reviews your rights. It explains seclusion and restraint. It helps you identify your triggers and gives you tips to avoid them. It tells you about advance directives and how they can help you.