Our publications are based on statutes and court decisions in effect at the time of publication. The law can change at any time. If there is any question about the continued legal authority of any information in the materials, contact Disability Rights California or a legal resource in your community.
This pub tells you about your right to keep your mental health records private. Others cannot see your records without your consent. There are times when others can see your records without your consent. This pub tells you about those times. It tells you whom to contact if you have questions about your rights.
This pub is for people who want to help others write advance directives for health care. It tells you how to help them. With an advance directive, a person can decide what to do about health care before they cannot make their own decisions. It is binding on health care workers.
“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 about “restoration of sanity” hearings. It gives you sample papers to help you in court.
This pub tells you about different ways to end involuntary commitment of people with mental health disabilities. You have a right to learn about voluntary services in the community. This pub tells you about them. You have a right to see if these services can work for you. It tells you what to do if you have trouble getting them.
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 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.
An Advance Directive, also known as a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare, is a legal document. It allows you to state in advance what you want to do about your health care if you become unable to make your own healthcare decisions.
This pub tells you about policies county public guardians and conservators use. It tells you about ones used for people on temporary conservatorship under the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act. This is for people with mental health disabilities. The pub looks at assessments. It looks at placing people where they can live as freely as possible. It has ideas to make sure people get help where they live.
This pub tells the truth about mental health and violence. The truth is most violent people do not have a mental health disability. In addition, most people with a mental health disability are not violent. This pub tells you how to stop spreading wrong beliefs.
This pub lists laws and rules that stop mental health stigma. It lists those that stop discrimination. It tells you about ones that support services in the community and other settings.
This pub lists short summaries of court cases. The cases are about LPS commitments and conservatorships.
This pub tells you about mental health services you can get. It tells you about services you can get from Medi-Cal. It tells you what to do if you cannot get a service you need.
This pub tells you about the ways people with mental health disabilities can control their own recovery. It tells you about programs a county can have to help people do this. It tells you about programs like supportive housing. It also gives ideas for the kind of supports a community needs.
This pub gives you information and sample forms to file a “Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus” in a California state court. This is a fast and easy way to get a judge to decide on your rights in a state hospital. You can also use it to ask the court to release you.