California’s protection & advocacy system
For legal assistance call 800-776-5746. For all other purposes call 916-504-5800 in Northern CA
or 213-213-8000 in Southern CA. TTY 800-719-5798.
April 2001, Pub #5055.01
Did you know that there is an entitlement to mental health services in California? It’s true. It’s been true since the Medi-Cal program started in 1966. Children, adults and older adults who qualify for Medi-Cal are entitled to needed services. Federal and state laws mandate it.
Medi-Cal mental health services expanded greatly with the adoption of targeted case management in 1991 and rehabilitative mental health services in 1993. These services can be provided in a variety of community settings and at home if necessary. Each county must provide all covered services including the following:
Federal law requires that all services be provided with reasonable promptness. Waiting lists due to program funding limitations are illegal.
Disability Rights California is funded by a variety of sources, for a complete list of funders, go to http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/