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What are the Office of the Counselor in Mental Health responsibilities?

The Office of the Counselor in Mental Health (Departments 95, 95A, 95B) is responsible for:

  • Assisting mentally ill patients in filing Writs of Habeas Corpus
  • Writing reports for the Court for involuntary detained psychiatric patients; helping the District Attorney in evaluating and writing reports for developmentally disabled patients
  • Setting up court hearings and writing court reports for minor children requesting release from detention in psychiatric inpatient facilities
  • Educating psychiatric facilities and the mental health community regarding mental health laws and procedures
  • Providing information to the community regarding mental health resources

Additionally, the Office of the Counselor staffs 51 hospitals in Los Angeles County with mental health hearing referees every day to conduct certification review hearings to which a patient is entitled after having been involuntarily committed pursuant to WIC5250 or 5270.15, and medication capacity hearings. The court currently employs mental health hearing referees to travel to the hospitals to hear these cases. Staff at the courthouse schedule approximately 200 hearings per day. Each hearing referee often travels to three or four different locations to handle these matters. The Los Angeles Superior Court conducts approximately 45% of all hospital-based hearings in the entire State of California.

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