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Help, Resources, Information, and Publications Portal

If you or a loved one is dealing with serious mental illness, please take the time to familiarize yourself with the resources we link-to on this page. What follows is an annotated contents list for the the various sub-pages of this section.

Click on the links in each section to access the relevant pages.  

Please note, this navigation page is updated by volunteers.  Please, notify the webmaster about bad links, out of date or incomplete information, and other issues.

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Emergencies: call 911 or use a hotline?

Call 911, if you are experiencing a family emergency that puts you, your loved one, or others in immediate danger. If you do not need the police at this time, use a crisis hot line, not 911! 

911 Calling Tips

In a serious mental health emergency it may become necessary to call 911. The following linked information is meant to help you prepare for such an emergency.  

Get the most help and the safest response for you and your loved one by learning: how to be prepared for calling 911; what to say to the emergency operator; and how to best interact with emergency responders such as sheriffs, police, firemen, paramedics, field social workers, and crisis intervention teams. 

LAPD’s Community Mental Health Resource Guide Brochure

This the pamphlet that LAPD gives to family members to help them navigate emergencies and find resources. This brochure is printed and in English and in Spanish.

Hot Lines

Hot Lines:  lists telephone access numbers for live help, including suicide prevention lines, crisis lines, and mental health emergency lines.  Review this page before an emergency and print out a copy that you can access easily in the event of a crisis or emergency.

Missing Persons

Substance Abuse Disorders

Substance Abuse Disorders Help: Los Angeles County offers free screenings, referrals, and treatment options.

Criminal Law Resources

Dealing with Arrest:

Civil Law Resources: Conservatorship, Health Care Parity, Assisted Outpatient Programs (Laura’s Law)

  • Dealing with the Law:  This page is divided into four sections:
    • Legal Assistance, Referrals, and Resources;
    • Criminal Courts: Resources and Diversion Programs
    • Special Needs Trusts
    • Mental Health Court of Los Angeles County. Whether the issue is involuntary commitment or criminal charges, here is where you will find resources that will help you to get your bearings in navigating the intricacies of our legal system as it pertains to people with mental illnesses.
  • Laura’s Law:  This is the name of the California legislation that authorizes Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) in this state for those with serious mental illnesses that are too ill to get help on their own and who are being frequently hospitalized or jailed.
  • LPS Conservatorship:  An LPS Conservatorship is the legal term used in California which gives one adult (conservator) the responsibility for overseeing the comprehensive medical and mental health treatment for an adult (conservatee) who has a serious mental illness.
  • Mental Health Parity: Fair insurance coverage is the law. This link takes you to the APA page on Mental Health Parity.  The page includes a downloadable poster which clearly and simply explains the law and the steps to take when a violation is suspected.   For the excellent Parity Track  website (presented by The Kennedy Forum + Scattergood Foundation) click here.

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