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or 213-213-8000 in Southern CA. TTY 800-719-5798.
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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.
Advance Health Care Directives (pdf) (Pub. #5088.01)
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)
Incompetent to Stand Trial (IST) (pdf) (Pub. #5171.01)
Medi-Cal Mental Health Managed Care Information/Access Hotlines (pdf) (Pub. #5294.01)
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)
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.
Understanding the Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act (Pub. #5608.01 Separated by section)
Introduction - (PDF) (RTF)
Chapter 1 - Involuntary Treatment Holds (PDF) (RTF)
Chapter 2 - LPS Conservatorships (PDF) (RTF)
Chapter 3 - Your Rights under the LPS Act (PDF) (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)
Disability Rights California provides materials in alternative formats and provides disability related reasonable accommodations when requested. If you need materials in an alternative format or if you need reasonable accommodations to access other DRC services call 916-504-5800; TTY 800-719-5798.