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Legal Services / Judicial System Resources

  • Mental Health Advocacy Unit - (877) 494-7788
  • Legal Aid Society of Orange County (800) 834-5001 or (714) 571-5200
    Web site: Legal Aid Society
    Pro bono legal services to low-income persons and seniors. Legal Aid provides a service called Health Consumer Action Center.
    They provide information about health care option and rights, advice on how to pursue appeals and grievances and individual representation at state administrative hearings. Information and assistance includes the following health programs: Medi-Cal, CALOptima, Healthy Families, County Medical Services for Indigents (MSI) and Mental Health Care.
  • Mental Health Association Hearing Advocacy - (714) 547-7559
    MHA provides advocates for all probable cause hearings in Orange County.
  • Orange County Bar Association  - (949) 440-6700 - Referrals to attorneys.
    Web site: OC Bar Association
  • Orange County Patients' Rights Advocate  - (714) 834-5647
    Web site: OC Health Care Agency - Patient Rights

    Patients’ Rights Advocacy Services is part of a state-mandated patients’ rights advocacy system made up of three parts:
    • The county patients' rights advocates, known as Patients’ Rights Advocacy Services in Orange County
    • The state hospital patients’ rights advocates, and the State Office of Patients Rights.
    • In addition to the patients’ rights advocacy system, California has a federally mandated program, Protection and Advocacy, Inc. (PAI), which provides legal protection and advocacy services to Californians identified as mentally ill who are or have been residents of facilities providing treatment or care.

  • Public Law Center  - (714) 541-1010 - Pro bono legal services
    Web site: Public Law Center
  • Protection and Advocacy, Inc.  - (800) 776-5746
    Web site: Protection and Advocacy
    Advocacy for rights of hospitalized or recently hospitalized persons with mental illness. Litigation for landmark cases.