Clients Rights & Advocacy

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 Health / Mental Health Program English flyer​ (Rev. 06-01-19).

Contact Information:
Mental Health Advocacy Project
Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
4 North Second Street, Suite 1300
San Jose, CA 95113

INTAKE LINE: 1 (408) 280-2420
Fax: (408) 886-3850

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 5:00, except for major holidays

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: Law Foundation of Silicon Valley ​​​​​​​​​​

MHAP Patients' Rights Info Sheets:

LFSV Health / Mental Health Program:

MHAP Economic Rights Info Sheets:

Law Foundation of Silicon Valley Housing Program Info Sheets:

Disability Rights of California Fact Sheets:

California DHCS Patients' Rights Information:

County of Santa Clara Health System Notice of Privacy Practices :

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