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Mental health conditions present numerous challenging circumstances to both those with a diagnosis, as well as their families, partners/spouses, friends, and caregivers. We hope the following resources can help you better navigate these difficult moments.
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) is the largest county-operated mental health department in the United States, serving more than 250,000 people a year. Below are some key resources to consult for utilizing their services:
- Mental Health Resources Guide Los Angeles County (Revised July, 2018)
- Service Area Navigator Roster (Revised March 4, 2020)
NAMI Glendale’s Community Services Guide for Consumers, Families, and Service Providers
Created in 2018, this guide offers an overview of services within NAMI Glendale’s service area. Our team of fact-checkers are working tirelessly to make sure every entry is clear and correct, but if you have an update please let us know.
The Critical Role Family Support Plays in Recovery
The critical necessity of engaging a consumer’s family (no matter how defined) to be a positive force for recovery is coming more and more to the forefront in mental illness theory and practice.
My Family Member Has been Arrested–What Do I Do?
This page offers a step-by-step guide to help families cope with the criminal justice system in Los Angeles County when a family member who has a mental illness is arrested.
Guidelines for Effective Communication with 911 Dispatch
Here you’ll find numerous tips on being prepared for having to call 911, as well as how to best inform 911 operators and arriving police of the emergency in ways that keeps everyone safe. The page also contains scripts for mental health-specific information.
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.
Substance Abuse Disorders and Dual Diagnosis
Legal Stuff: Criminal and Civil Law; the Courts; and Contracts (Benefits, Investments, and Trusts)
Whether the issue is involuntary commitment or criminal charges, 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. 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
Assisted Outpatient Treatment/“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.
Lanterman Petris Short Act (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. The page includes a downloadable poster which clearly and simply explains the law and the steps to take when a violation is suspected. Visit the excellent Parity Track website for more information.
Veteran & Active Duty Service Members
There are multiple sources of help for Veterans & Active Duty service members, as well as their families and friends.
Daily Living & Assistance Resources Pages
- Help for Older Adults (and others) with Disabilities – “Older adults with disabilities face unique challenges. However, they also have more resources and options when it comes to funding and payment assistance.” This guide from The Assisted Living Research Institute offers insight into what seniors (and others) with disabilities should look for in an assisted living facility.
- Care Options for Seniors and People With Disabilities
- Financial Support Options
- State Support Resources
- $$$: Disability Assistance, Social Security Disability, & the ABLE Act – Links to benefits that can help someone who is partially or fully disabled by mental illness.
- General Help – A potpourri of tools for when you or your loved one has a mental illness
- Resources for Daily Living – Housing, food, and other resources for the disabled
- Special Education – Schools are required to take into account and accommodate a child when mental illness interferes with education
- Respite and Self-Care for Caregivers – Information about self-care and respite services which are essential for the caregivers of individuals with a serious mental illness
- Armenian Focused Resources – Includes links to culturally sensitive resources and professionals from whom Armenians may get services for mental illnesses and mental health in their non-English primary language (western or eastern dialect, Farsi, Russian, and others)
- About Mental Illness – Learn more about specific illnesses and the treatment and services that assist individuals in recovery
- Book List – Sylvia Gil’s book list or recommended, helpful, or educational books on mental illness and related topics including fiction and nonfiction books
- Careers in Mental Health – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners
- Help for a career as a psychiatric nurse practitioner can be found here