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Mental Health Publications (in alphabetical order)

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These publications are for your information only. It is your responsibility to make sure the law has not changed and applies to your situation. Please be aware your issue may involve deadlines for filing an appeal, a claim with an entity and/or a complaint in court. To know what your deadlines are, it is your responsibility to check your notice(s) and/or contact an attorney. If you miss any deadlines, you may not be able to move forward with your issue.

Access to and Amendment of Health Records (pdf) (rtf) (Pub #5112.01)

Access to the Courts (html) (pdf) (Pub #5079.01)

Advance Directives (html) or (pdf) (Pub, #5386.01)

Advance Health Care Directives (pdf) (Pub. #5088.01)

Advance Health Care Directives for Mental Health - A Trainer's Manual (html) (pdf) (mp3) (Pub. #5407.01) 

A Tale of Two Settings: Institutional and Community-Based Mental Health Service in California Since Realignment in 1991 (html) (pdf) (January 2003, #5403.01)

Conditional Release Program (CONREP) (html) (pdf) (Pub. #5170.01)

Confidentiality of Mental Health Records/Information (html)  (pdf) (Pub. #5029.01)

Consent Rights of Psychiatric Patients on Long-Term Commitments (html) (pdf) (Pub. #5081.01)

Electroconvulsive Treatment (ECT) (html) (pdf) (Pub. #5398.01)

Forensic Mental Health Legal Issues (Pub. #5077.01) (pdf) Separated by section:
Cover Pages (pdf) (html) (rtf)
Chapter 1 - Incompetent to Stand Trial (IST) Commitment (pdf) (html) (rtf)
Chapter 2 - Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) Commitment and Restoration of Sanity (pdf) (html) (rtf)
Chapter 3 - Sexually Violent Predators (SVP's) (pdf) (html) (rtf)
Chapter 4 - Mentally Disordered Offenders (MDO's) (pdf) (html) (rtf)
Chapter 5 - Conditional Release Program (CONREP) (pdf) (html) (rtf)

Getting Medi-Cal Outpatient Specialty Mental Health Services (pdf) (rtf) (html) (Pub. #5084.01)

Handbook for Challenging Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Conservatorships (pdf) (rtf) (Pub. #5110.01)

Home & Community Based-Services for Individuals Subject to Temporary LPS Conservatorship - An Unfulfilled Promise? (pdf) (rtf) (Pub. #5503.01)

Incompetent to Stand Trial (IST) (pdf) (Pub. #5171.01)

Individual Mental Health Rehabilitation Services (html) (pdf) (Pub. #5182.01)

Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment: California's 72-Hour Hold & 14-Day Certification (pdf) (Pub. #5024.01)

LPS Case Summaries (html) (pdf) (Pub. #5018.01)

LPS Conservatorship Courtroom Handbook (pdf) (rtf) (Pub #5549.01)

LPS Conservatorship – Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act – Welf. & Inst. Code Sections 5350 et seq (html) (pdf) (Pub. #5225.01)

LPS Conservatorships (html) (Pub. #5082.01

Medi-Cal Mental Health Entitlement!!! (html) (pdf) (Pub. #5055.01)

Medi-Cal Mental Health Managed Care Information/Access Hotlines (pdf) (Pub. #5294.01)

New Procedures for Involuntary Medication of Individuals under an Incompetent to Stand Trial Commitment - AB 366 (pdf) (html) (rtf) ( Pub. #5505.01)

Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity (NGRI) and Restoration of Sanity (pdf) (Pub. #5172.01)

Overview of the Medi-Cal System - Chapter 17 - Appeals and Fair Hearings: When Medi-Cal, County Mental Health Plan or Managed Care Plan says "No" (pdf) (click on Chapter 17, print from 258 to 273) (Pub. #5377.01)

Peer Training Manual: How to Avoid Seclusion & Restraint (pdf) (rtf) (Pub #5519.01)

Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus - Penal Commitment (pdf) (rtf) (Pub. #5111.01)

Petitions for Restoration of Sanity (pdf) (rtf) (Pub. #5453.01)

Psychiatric Service and Emotional Support Animals (pdf) (rtf) (Pub. #5483.01) Note: This publication explains the rights of people with disabilities to service and emotional support animals under state and federal fair housing laws only. We are currently revising the publication to reflect additional rights to service animals under the California Disabled Persons Act.

Refusing Medication under Incompetent to Stand Trial Commitment (pdf) (rtf) (html) (Pub #5518.01)

The Right to Refuse Psychotropic Medication for Forensic Mental Health Clients (html) (pdf) (Pub. #5455.01)

Rights Afforded to Persons Under LPS (html) (pdf) (Pub. #5080.01)

Self Advocacy for Conditional Release Program (CONREP) (pdf) (rtf) (Pub. #5502.01)

Self Advocacy for Incompetent to Stand Trial Commitment (pdf) (rtf) (html) (Pub. #5513.01)

Summaries of Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) Procedures & Services (pdf) (rtf) (Pub #5568.01)

Summary of Grave Disability (html) (pdf) (Pub. #5083.01

A Tale of Two Settings: Institutional and Community-Based Mental Health Service in California Since Realignment in 1991 (html) (pdf) (Pub. #5403.01)

Voluntary Services as Alternative to Involuntary Detention under LPS Act (March 2010, Pub #5487.01) (pdf) (html) (rtf)

Your Right to Receive Mental Health Services in the Language You Understand (pdf) (Pub. #5380.01)

Your Rights in Residential Care Facilities (pdf) (Pub. #5025.01)

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