Mental Health Advocacy Services

Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS) is a private, non-profit organization established in 1977 to provide free legal services to people with mental disabilities. MHAS assists both children and adults, with an emphasis on obtaining government benefits and services, protecting rights, and fighting discrimination. MHAS also serves as a resource to the community by providing training and technical assistance to attorneys, mental health professionals, consumer and family member groups, and other advocates. In addition, MHAS participates in impact litigation in an effort to improve the lives of people with mental disabilities. Its projects include:

  • Special Education Outreach Project
  • Fair Housing Advocacy Project
  • Government Benefits Advocacy/Access to Mental Health Services Project
  • Behavioral Health Legal Partnership for Veterans (BeHeLP-Vets)
  • Impact Litigation

The mission of Mental Health Advocacy Services is to protect and advance the legal rights of children and adults with mental disabilities, in order to maximize autonomy, promote equality, and secure the resources needed to thrive in the community.

Learn more at Mental Health Advocacy Services’ WEBSITE.

3255 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 902
Los Angeles, CA 90010

You can also find Mental Health Advocacy Services at:


November 21 Meeting

Please join NAMI South Bay for its November monthly meeting tonight. The speaker for this meeting will be from Mental Health Advocacy Services a nonprofit organization protecting and advancing the legal rights of people with mental disabilities obtaining government benefits and services such as SSI, housing, mental health parity and others. The speaker will tell us about their services and provide a special report on their involvement in the study “Failing Grade:How California’s School Districts Have Abandoned Children with Disabilities”


November Meeting
Monday, November 11, 2016
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
First Lutheran Church
2900 W Carson Street
Torrance, CA 90503

Caring and Sharing will begin at 6 p.m.

Parking is available in the parking lot off of Carson Street and on Carson Street and Flower Avenue.

10月定例会のご報告 (NAMI South Bay JSSG –Japanese Speaking Support Group)



今年もNAMI Walks  Los Angelesが無事に終了致しました。参加者は約5、000人でファンドレーズ合計は、約$420,000でした。寄付はまだ12月1日まであつめております。この年一度の大きなイベントであるNAMIWalksの様子はチャンネル5で放映されました。


私の息子がサンディエゴからロングビーチに今年の1月に移ってきてから、私自身もとても忙しくなりました。L.A.カウンティーのメンタルヘルスセンターであるAPI Long Beachのクライアントになっていますが、ソーシャルワーカーが積極的に息子をサポートしてくれずにフラストレーションが溜まります。このような場合は、上司であるスーパーバイザーに相談されてもいいと思います。私は上司の方に相談して、何度もソーシャルウォーカーに電話して、やっと最近はソーシャルワーカーが息子に電話したり、迎えに行ったりしてくれるようになりました。


L.A.Department of Mental Health では、Patient Rightの窓口があります。、サービスで不満がありましたら、連絡をする事ができます。

電話番号:1-800-700-9996 もしくは、213-738-4888

* (ミニ講座)

今回のミニ講座は、当日に荒井さんからのご要望で、テーマをかえて、ホームレスの為の公的サービスについて話していただきました。公的サービスに関しては、Department of Public Social Serviceで調べてください。  今ロサンゼルスではホームレスに対する予算が充分に出ているので、住む場所も提供してくれるそうです。〝たとえホームレスになったとしてもどうにかなりますよ”とおっしゃっていました。



Understanding Art Therapy and Its Value in Recovery

adobestock_72992041Metropolitan State Hospital Community Education Program is inviting families and friends to a video review and discussion regarding “Understanding Art Therapy and Its Value in Recovery.”

Presenter: Nina Matthews, MA , MFA, ATR

Ms. Matthews will cover an introduction to Art therapy and its treatment relevance in the Dialectical Behavior Therapy unit treating patients with Borderline Personality Disorder. There will be a case presentation of a patient with BPD and will include a slide show of the artwork generated from individual Art therapy sessions. Participants will also be given an option to engage in an interactive creative process to experience the validity and utility of the Art therapy process.

Don’t miss this informative presentation!

WHEN: Saturday November 12, 2016, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

WHERE: James Hall, Metropolitan State Hospital, 11401 Bloomfield Avenue, Norwalk, CA 90650

MSH-Community Mental Health Education Program is a community support group in partnership with NAMI which provides free information sessions to the community, family, friends, and staff that care for those with mental illness.

Light Refreshments will be provided

Thank you for being on time for the 11:30 a.m. meeting


%e5%87%ba%e7%99%ba%e5%89%8d10月1日(土)のNAMIWalksは青空の下、メンバー,当事者、 サポートしてくれている友人達と5kを歩く事ができました。 又メンバーを含めたくさんの方達からNAMIの活動とNAMI Japanese Groupの為のドネーションをして頂きました。合計で$2,200を日本人グループから寄付する事ができました。還元される資金は、当事者や家族の為のサービスに使われます。皆様の暖かいご支援を心から感謝いたします。

植木 Japanese Speaking Support Group


Our JSSG group walked 5 km with peer people, family, friends and supporter total 15 people around Grand Park, Down Town Los Angeles.  It was nice beautiful flue sky day.

eb3cdf27-b7c6-40cd-aab5-85ddd1259bdfOur group could donate $2,200 to NAMIWalks.  Thank you for all your kind and generous thoughts to our group and Mental Health issued people.  These donation use for mostly educational program for peer people and family and also various peer group activities and programs.

From Chiaki Ueki, Representative of Japanese Speaking Support Group

Los Angeles Mental Health Court Has Moved

Effective Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, due to structural damage to the Mental Health Courthouse, the courthouse, located at 1150 N. San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, is closed until further notice. All courthouse operations, including hearings, have been temporarily relocated to:

Metropolitan Courthouse
1945 S. Hill St., Los Angeles 90007

Calendars are relocated as follows:

  • Mental Health Department 95 to Metro Department 69, Room 612
  • Mental Health Department 95A to Metro Department 70, Room 401
  • Mental Health Department 95B to Metro Department 64, Room 400

Public parking is available underground

To enter the building take the elevator from the garage to the first floor and pass through security to access the building elevators.

Metropolitan Courthouse