DRC works so people can have mental health services and supports so they can stay out of institutions. We enforce people’s rights in institutions. To find out more about our work in this area, keep reading.
DRC works to ensure that people with disabilities have access to mental health services and supports to enable them to live in the community and avoid institutionalization. DRC works to ensure patients’ rights in mental health facilities are not violated. This includes county mental health facilities and state hospitals.
Our Mental Health Team also does a substantial amount of advocacy in Jails and Juvenile Halls (find out more about our detention facilities work).
We represent clients on systemic issues and write materials to help people with disabilities self-advocate.
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 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.
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.