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This pub tells you about your rights when you live in a board and care home. It tells you about eviction rights. It tells you what to do if you think a board and care violated your rights.
This pub tells you about advance directives for health care. You decide what to do about your health care before you cannot make your own decisions. You can say whom you want to make decisions for you. It is binding on health care workers.
This pub tells you the rules about “behavioral restraints.” Restraints can include physical force. It may include things like straps or leather cuffs. It may include drugs, known as “chemical restraints.” If someone restrains you without cause, the pub tells where to go for help filing a grievance.
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 tells you about your rights in a “board and care.” It tells you what to do if you think the “board and care” violated your rights. It tells you about your evictions rights. It tells you what to do if you get an eviction notice from your “board and care.”
This handout outlines the methods of obtaining access to the courts for persons subject to mental health commitments under the Lanterman-PetrisShort (LPS) Act.
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.
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 describes “Individual Mental Health Rehabilitation Services.” You can get them from Medi-Cal. They help you move out of a facility into the community. They can help you stay in the community. It tells you what to do if you cannot get a service you need.
This pub describes your right to have mental health services in the language you understand. It tells you how to get an interpreter and get your records translated. It tells you what to do if you cannot get an interpreter or translation.
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 describes your right to have mental health services in your native language. It tells you how to get an interpreter and get your records translated. It tells you what to do if you cannot get an interpreter or translation.
This pub tells you about the mental health recovery model. “Recovery” is a journey of healing to reach your full potential and live where you choose. It tells you about recovery services. It tells you how to get them. It tells you who can help you get the services.
This pub tells you about funding for mental health services. It tells you where the money comes from. It tells you about the services you can get.
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.
You can get mental health services through Medi-Cal. You can get them through fee-for-service or managed care plans. In addition, you can get Medi-Cal mental health services through county mental health plans. This pub tells you about county mental health plan services.
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 electroconvulsive treatment or ECT. The pub tells you what ECT is. It tells you when it is given and what your rights are to refuse it.
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.
Assisted Outpatient Treatment is court ordered. A court can order a person with a serious mental health disability to follow a treatment plan. A person follows the plan in the community. This pub tells you all about Assisted Outpatient Treatment. It tells you how it works.