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What is Mental Health Court?

The Mental Health Court of the Los Angeles Superior Court provides a wide variety of services to the mentally ill. This includes all of the legal areas of psychiatric evaluations, treatments, investigations, hearings and trials relating to involuntary detentions. Persons are detained due to severe emotional problems for which they are unable or unwilling to seek voluntary care for themselves. The court also deals with the confinement and treatment of persons with narcotic addictions, developmental disabilities, and mental retardation. Los Angeles County is the only county in the State of California that uses a centralized court for cases involving mental disorders and mental health legal issues.

Mental Health cases usually involve petitions to:

  • Detain someone under the provisions of the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act
  • Examine or detain someone as mentally retarded
  • Examine or detain someone for narcotic addictions under the Welfare and Institutions Code
  • Determine the present sanity of a criminal defendant
  • Determine the competence of a criminal defendant to stand trial
More Mental Health Q&A Topics
Mental Health Basics
Questions about Organization of Mental Health Court
Questions about Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act
What are the different hearings held under the Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act
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