Resources & Links for Mental Illness
primarily in South Bay area of Los Angeles

Health Net’s Tool to find

free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more.

California Corona Virus Response

  • Emergency food and food benefits Get help buying groceries with the NEW Pandemic EBT (or P-EBT) card: With schools closed due to COVID-19, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals can get up to $365 in food benefits. Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals AND do not participate in CalFresh, Medi-Cal, or Foster Care can apply starting May 22nd – June 30th.    For more information   or :
  • California began allowing online food purchasing with EBT benefits! You may use your EBT card on Amazon and/or Walmart to purchase groceries. More retailers to be added in the future. For more information

Family Services 

24/7 Hotlines

Dial 2-1-1 from a cell phone or landline to get connected to local resources, it will ask for zip code and give a list of options.

Mental Health is NOW a mandated Essential Benefit under Health Care Reform

We are in the process of updating this page.  If you find any links that would be helpful to other website visitors, please put them in the comments section below.

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Paul Stansbury

(310) 892-8046  (310) 533-0705

[email protected]

Federal Government & National Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA)

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Titles I and V of the ADA EEOC.Gov

The regulations 29 C.F.R Part 1630:1640: 1641:

Minimum wages for workers with disabilities

disability rights

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Medicare & Mental Health Benefits Publication # 10184

California Government

CA Dept. of Developmental Services

Eligibility Criteria Regional Centers Los Angeles Zip Code Lookup

Board of Behavioral Services – State of CA

Court Services for mentally ill who get involved in Criminal Cases – Mental Health Court Linkage Program

Los Angeles County

Harbor Regional Center

Medi Cal

Ventura County Guide to Medi-Cal Mental Health Services

Los Angeles

Jewish Services

HaMercaz A Community of Support for Families Raising Children with Special Needs The Federation’s HaMercaz program offers ongoing assistance, advocacy, and support for Jewish families and children with special needs and developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder, Asperger syndrome, and cerebral palsy, from birth to age 22. Ha mercaz means “the center” in Hebrew.

  • Resource Guide: Discover organizations and programs in L.A. that can help you and your family
  • Young Adults 18+ (


Los Angeles County Dept. of Mental Health

ACCESS  Access to Community Care, Effective Services & Support

Didi Hirsch – Warmline 855 952 9276  A warmline is a confidential overnight telephone support service for anyone who is struggling with loneliness, anxiety, substance use or other mental health concerns, or anyone who needs information about available mental health services. Mental Health & Homeless Outreach for Harbor Area – 1 page from San Pedro Mental Health

150 W 7th St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Board & Care

Pacific View San Pedro, CA

Homes For Los Angeles County   HFLF is dedicated to establishing a network of permanent, affordable, service-enriched housing within the geographic boundaries of Los Angeles County for individuals who suffer from mental disabilities, those who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.

Los Angeles Listing of Board & Care 37 pages pdf

NAMI West LA Listing

American Residential Treatment Assoc.


Pacific Hospital in Long Beach

Del Amo Hospital

Patton State Hospital

River Community Hospital – Azusa, CA – Dual Diagnosis


Black Sheep of Family

Senior Citizens Legal Hotline  senior legal hot  551-2140; 800-222-1753

“Special Needs? Answer’”

Mortgage on buying a home for people with Disabilities. Mortgage Guide for people with disabilities

Take the ADHD Assessment

How Much Do You know about ADHD?

Mood Buster Matching Game

Assess Your Depression

PsychNet – UK

Suicide Info.

Law Mental Health Disability & Mental Health

309.28 Adjustment Disorder with Mixed Anxiety and Depressed Mood

More housing funds

Criminal Law Issues – Competence to Stand Trial

Panic Attack – ONLINE Support Group

What is Independent Living?  How young adults with mental problems can transition to Independent Living  

In order for an individual to be able to live on his own successfully, he will need to be able to take care of his personal needs – dressing, eating, hygiene – as well as manage simple household chores such as the laundry and grocery shopping.  Decisions must also be made when dealing with financial matters such as paying bills and managing a bank account, tasks which a young adult with a mental disability may not have experience of but which are all necessary if he wants to live independently.

NAMI on securing stable housing  

Mental Health America  


Intermittent Explosive Disorder



Living With Schizophrenia

Through research, many advances have been made in improving lives of people struggling with schizophrenia. This article puts it in perspective.
Coping With Stigma of Mental Illness

Though society is more accepting, mental illness can still carry a stigma. Here are steps to help you cope.
Schizophrenia Outlook: A Time for Hope

With new medications and research, this is a time for hope. Read about three predictors that help determine how well a person will do.
Schizophrenia Disability Laws


Delusional Disorder  


Mental of New Zealand

What Causes Psychotic Disorders?

The exact cause of psychotic disorders is not known, but researchers believe that many factors may play a role. Some psychotic disorders tend to run in families, suggesting that the tendency, or likelihood, to develop the disorder may be inherited. Environmental factors may also play a role in their development, including stress, drug abuse and major life changes.

These disorders most often first appear when a person is in his or her late teens, 20s or 30s.

Help for Drug Abuse & Mental Illness
Dual Diagnosis
Double Truggers


Alternatives to 12 Step Programs

Jewish Drug & Alcohol Recovery

Chabad Rehab Center 323.965.1365 on Olympic between Fairfax & La Brea

The Ness The NESS Counseling Center, Inc. is a non-profit, non-sectarian community based outpatient counseling service agency that provides a full range of life enhancing services, including, but not limited to, individual and family counseling, drug and alcohol treatment (DEJ, PC1000 and PROP 36) programs, drug assessments and testing, paternity testing, parenting classes, monitored child, exchange and visitation, domestic violence/anger management group sessions, and hate crime educational classes in the greater Los Angeles area.

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Narconon – Drug Rehab

CO-Anon Co-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of men and women who are husbands, wives, parents, relatives or close friends of someone who is chemically dependent

Beacon House Association San Pedro, CA

The Village – Long Beach

Pacifica House

California Association of Alcohol & Drug Counselors



Hospital List in South Bay

Medicare & You - Mental Health

Medicare & Mental Illness # 10184   

Medicare & Mental Illness # 10184

Our Webpage on Medicare & Mental Health

Mental Health Videos

You Tube Videos


Medical, Mental & Educational Services
Jails & Prisons

Educational Opportunities for the Incarcerated

L.A. County Jail Education 86 pages

inmate life

“If we never change criminal thinking, we will never change criminal behavior.”
You can print out this list of our inmate correspondence courses.

Ohio University College for the Incarcerated

Medical Services


Warning: This information may not apply to your situation and it is NOT legal advice.  Please talk to a lawyer about your case.

ACLU Prisoners Medical Rights pdf

Cost increase in prisons – Health Care CA Health Line 1.7.2016

Twin Towers Los Angeles County

Latest Information on Prisoner Status
Mail Regulations
Inmate Medication Form
Mental Illness Information

More Mentally Ill in Jails than Hospitals E. Fuller Torrey MD 22 pages pdf

treatment advocacy

Criminalizing the seriously mentally ill Sidney Wolfe MD 12 pages pdf

Penal Code 4011 CA County Jails

Penal Code 4015 d – Cost to be borne by Private Medical Coverage if possible

CA Health Line Prisoners fail medical grade 12.23.2015

“Do no harm” or “Do no expense”?

International Law and Prisoner Health

Mentally Ill Offender – Evaluation Form  14 Pages

Severe Mental Illness  AB 88

Psychology Online

Forensic Psychiciatry Web Site – Dr. Reid

comprehensive guide to forensic psychiatry

the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Estelle v. Gamble [Wikipediathat ignoring a prisoner’s serious medical needs can amount to cruel and unusual punishment, noting that “[a]n inmate must rely on prison authorities to treat his medical needs; if the authorities fail to do so, those needs ACLU

nami person with mental illness goes to prison 60 page pdf

NAMI Blog on Prisons & Mental Illness

Treatment, not Jail

Jailing People with Mental Illness


Jails and the Mentally Ill


Jails and the Mentally Ill
NAMI Guide to Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System


NAMI Guide to Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System
Criminalizing the Seriously Mentally Ill


Criminalizing the Seriously Mentally Ill

LA County Sheriff - Education Based Incarceration


LA County Sheriff – Education Based Incarceration

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7 comments on “Resources – Mental Health

    • AA preaches) that an addict is never cured. In your view, an addict is forever “recovering.”

      Once you quit, you’re not an addict. You’re an ex-addict.

      An “ex-addict,” not a “recovering addict.” It is OVER. Why saddle ourselves with the gloomy proposition of forever having to look over our shoulders for triggers, temptation, pending relapse. Once we see that drugs never gave us anything, nothing at all, and that drugs have absolutely nothing to offer us in the future, we are done.

      If support groups help, great. If a “sponsor” helps, super. If counseling counsels, right on. We certainly must nurture our physical and spiritual selves for the remainder of our days. But to constantly be adding up the days, months, and years, waiting until enough time has passed before we are free seems so daunting to users that they won’t even attempt to quit for fear of the lifetime of “battle.”

      Reply *******************

      there is one that is common to all alcoholics and drug addicts—and that is loss of control. At some point a person will lose the ability to control their use. Whether they are daily users or binge users, the common thread is—once they start using they cannot control how much or when to stop.

      I, in the past thirty-three years, have never seen an addict regain control of their use—to become a social-occasional user.

      So I believe that if I were to tell someone they are cured, they may think they no longer have a problem. That opens the door to another attempt at social use—which NEVER turns out well.

      The way I explain it to people is to think of it like cancer. There is no cure for cancer but cancer often goes into remission after treatment. It does not mean they have been cured or that a cure has taken place. It’s still there but it’s in remission.

      Personally, I have not used anything since 1977—but I’m not cured. My disease is in remission. If I were to choose to try to drink occasionally or socially I would bring my disease out of remission and very soon it would again cause lots of problems.

      I don’t tell people they “have to go to lots of meetings for the rest of their life.” Each person will have to decide for his or herself—how much involvement they need to stay sober and how often they should attend support groups.

    • The 12 steps are so deeply ingrained in the United States that many people, including doctors and therapists, believe attending meetings, earning one’s sobriety chips, and never taking another sip of alcohol is the only way to get better. Hospitals, outpatient clinics, and rehab centers use the 12 steps as the basis for treatment.

      Affordable Care Act, which requires all insurers and state Medicaid programs to pay for alcohol- and substance-abuse treatment, extending coverage to 32 million Americans who did not previously have it and providing a higher level of coverage for an additional 30 million.

      The program instructs members to surrender their ego, accept that they are “powerless” over booze, make amends to those they’ve wronged, and pray.

      Based on these data, he put AA’s actual success rate somewhere between 5 and 8 percent.

      Why do we assume they failed the program, rather than that the program failed them?

      People with alcohol problems also suffer from higher-than-normal rates of mental-health issues, and research has shown that treating depression and anxiety with medication can reduce drinking.

      AA truisms have so infiltrated our culture that many people believe heavy drinkers cannot recover before they “hit bottom.” Researchers I’ve talked with say that’s akin to offering antidepressants only to those who have attempted suicide, or prescribing insulin only after a patient has lapsed into a diabetic coma. “You might as well tell a guy who weighs 250 pounds and has untreated hypertension and cholesterol of 300, ‘Don’t exercise, keep eating fast food, and we’ll give you a triple bypass when you have a heart attack,’ ” Mark Willenbring, a psychiatrist in St. Paul and a former director of treatment and recovery research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, told me. He threw up his hands. “Absurd.”

      In 1976, for instance, the Rand Corporation released a study of more than 2,000 men who had been patients at 44 different NIAAA-funded treatment centers. The report noted that 18 months after treatment, 22 percent of the men were drinking moderately. The authors concluded that it was possible for some alcohol-dependent men to return to controlled drinking.

      The problem is that nothing about the 12-step approach draws on modern science: not the character building, not the tough love, not even the standard 28-day rehab stay.

      Over time, though, the brain of a heavy drinker adjusts to the steady flow of alcohol by producing less gaba and more glutamate, resulting in anxiety and irritability. Dopamine production also slows, and the person gets less pleasure out of everyday things. Combined, these changes gradually bring about a crucial shift: instead of drinking to feel good, the person ends up drinking to avoid feeling bad.

      half of a person’s vulnerability to alcohol-use disorder is hereditary, and that anxiety, depression, and environment… —also play a role.

      research has found that having a drink or two a day could reduce the risk of heart disease, dementia, and diabetes.

  1. We need stable housing for our very high functioning young adult (26). Redondo Beach.

    Tolerance is more of an issue than cost.

    She talks to herself and new neighbors are very intolerant and harassing.

    Any information on landlord or property owners with available rentals or even co ownership would be most appreciated.

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