Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department has a strong clients' rights and advocacy program. This is to assure that mentally ill persons who have been certified for 14 days of intensive treatment are provided information about the commitment process, about their rights to an administrative hearing or a judicial review by writ of habeas corpus and their right to counsel in such judicial review, including the right to court-appointed counsel.
The Department contracts with Mental Health Advocacy Project (MHAP), a program of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, to perform these functions. The County Patients' Rights Advocate also monitor Santa Clara County inpatient facilities for compliance with LPS (Lanterman–Petris–Short) commitment process.
To learn more, read the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley’s Mental Health Advocacy Program (MHAP) brochure.
Mental Health Advocacy Project
Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
152 North Third Street, 3rd Floor
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: 1 (408) 294-9730
Toll-Free: 1 (800) 248-MHAP (6427)
TTY/TDD: 1 (800) 735-2929 or 7-1-1
Fax: (408) 293-0106
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 5:00, except for major holidays
Website: Mental Health Advocacy Project (MHAP)