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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  Please, notify the webmaster about bad links, out of date or incomplete information, and other issues.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

  • 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.
  • Dealing with 911:  and  Guidelines for Effective Communication with 911 Dispatch:   If you do not need the police at this time, use a crisis hot line, not 911! In a serious mental health emergency it may become necessary to call 911. Will you be prepared?  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, EMTs, field social workers, and crisis intervention teams.
  • Mentally Ill Missing Persons:  This page  is dedicated to all persons with mental illness who have not found their way home.

Civil and Criminal Law Resources

  • Dealing with Arrest:  My Family Member Has Been Arrested – What Do I Do? is a step-by-step guide to help families cope with the criminal justice system in Los Angeles County when a family member who suffers from a brain disorder (mental illness) is arrested.  (This article from NAMI Los Angeles’s Criminal Justice Committee is so good it is even featured on the LA County Jail website.)  This page also has a number of links to informative articles and useful resources dealing with different aspects of incarceration and people with mental illnesses. Also, see Criminal Justice Resources
  • 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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