LEGAL ASSISTANCE, REFERRALS, AND RESOURCES
Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS) private, non-profit organization, provides free legal services to people with mental and developmental disabilities.
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles offers free civil legal services, advocacy, and representation to low-income people in LA.
LawHelpCA.org and LawHelp.org help people of low and moderate incomes find free legal information and legal aid programs in their communities.
National Database of Free Legal Aid for Low Income People
NAMI's Legal Support Portal: is the start page to a comprehensive guide to every form of legal assistance and resource touching on mental health issues.
CRIMINAL COURTS RESOURCES / DIVERSION PROGRAMS
The Court Liaison Program is at 23 courts countywide. This recovery based program serves adults with a mental illness or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorder who are involved with the criminal justice system.
The Co-Occurring Disorders Court (CODC) is a specialized drug court that focuses on those charged with non-violent crimes who suffer from both a mental illness and a substance abuse problem. It serves approximately 60 participants at any given time who agree to participate in the 12 to 15 month comprehensive, court-supervised co-occurring disorders treatment program, instead of a jail sentence.
Juvenile Mental Health Court (JMHC) is a comprehensive, judicially-monitored program for juvenile offenders with diagnosed mental health disorders or learning disabilities and whose crimes demonstrate a link to the disorder or disability.
Project S.T.A.R. provides eligible domestic violence survivors with early assessment of trauma, substance abuse and mental health disorders and appropriate residential treatment and wraparound services to address their needs.
Veteran's Court accepts those Veterans who have served in the United States military; are entitled to benefits through the VA; and suffer from any of the following disorders that are related to their military service: Post traumatic stress disorder; Traumatic brain injury; Substance abuse; Sexual trauma; Mental health issues.
The HALO Project is a pre-plea diversion program which provides an alternative to incarcerating homeless clients who are mentally ill, developmentally disabled and/or addicted to narcotics or other substances.
MENTAL HEALTH COURT OF LA COUNTY http://www.lasuperiorcourt.org/mentalhealth/
The Mental Health Department of the Superior Court is composed of Departments 95, 95A, 95B, and the Office of the Counselor in Mental Health. The Departments consider psychiatric evaluations, treatments, investigations, hearings and trials relating to involuntary detentions. The Office of the Counselor in Mental Health assists mentally ill patients in filing Writs of Habeas Corpus; writes reports regarding minor children requesting release from psychiadetention; and provides information to the community regarding mental health resources among other duties.
Mental Health Court DMH Linkage Program 1 of 2 (PDF File)
Mental Health Court DMH Linkage Program 2 of 2 (PDF File)