Upcoming Events!

April 25:
MHAS Travels to Lancaster with the Justice Bus

Partnering with OneJustice and the legal department of Harman Kardon, MHAS attorneys will travel to the Lancaster Public Library on Friday, April 25, to provide a free legal clinic from noon to 4:00pm. We will offer consultation to parents and clinicians on special education, bullying, discipline and other issues relation the children's success in school.
View event information in English or Spanish.

May 3:
MHAS Celebrates Law Day with Free Legal Clinic

For Law Day 2014, MHAS will partner with Koreatown Youth & Community Center to offer a free legal clinic on special education issues on Saturday, May 3 from 10:00am to 2:00pm in the community room at 1230 Menlo Avenue in Los Angeles.  Appointments are available each hour, and walk-ins are welcome. We will provide consultation on education rights, bullying, discipline, special education and other questions around children's success in school.

May 3:
Jim Preis to Speak at LACBA Barristers Law Day Event

MHAS Executive Director Jim Preis will be the luncheon speaker at the LACBA Barristers 2014 Law Day training event.  He will present a training on effectively working with pro bono clients with challenging behaviors or disabilities that can impede representation.

May 7-9:
California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth Conference

The 2014 annual CMHACY Conference, "New Partnerships, New Strategies: Embracing the Wellness of Children, Families and Communities," will be held May 7-9 in Pacific Grove.  MHAS attorneys Eliza Schafler and Tanya Franklin, along with staff of Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services,  will present a workshop on  cutting-edge collaborations for children's mental health.

Save the Date - June 12, 2014

Our annual Volunteer Appreciation event will be held on Thursday, June 12.  Ticket information coming soon.

For more information on our past events, please click here.

April is Fair Housing Month!

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Our new Fair Housing Tip of the Month campaign provides helpful tips to housing providers, organizations and individuals to increase awareness of fair housing rights and responsibilities.

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The Fair Housing Tip of the Month is funded by a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development Fair Housing Initiatives Program (Grant #FH400G13044).

Restorative Justice Report
February 2014

After six months of implementation, the Restorative Justice programs at three schools have made great progress in improving school climate, building community, and reducing suspensions and discipline incidents. Tanya Franklin, Education Law Public Service Fellow at MHAS, reviews these programs and offers recommendations in this Mid-Year Report, entitled "Restorative Justice in Three Partnership Schools: Transforming School Culture and Discipline through Respect, Relationships, and Responsibility." The report describes the program's goals, activities, and best practices, as well as suggests key principles and considerations for the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Subscribe to Our Blog!

Check out the MHAS blog, in which our staff members comment on the successes and challenges of their work. 

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Mental Health Stigma and

Discrimination Reduction Project


Fact sheet: Mental Health Parity under California and Federal Laws, by Disability Rights California.

Click here to read our fact sheets on Educationally Related Mental Health Services.

More information on the Mental Health Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Project from Disability Rights California.


MHAS Collaborates with UCLA School of Law
on new Youth & Justice Clinic


Begining in Fall 2013, MHAS and UCLA School of Law are collaborating to provide the Youth & Justice Clinic, a year-long clinical course in which law students will build legal skills and work in teams to represent the needs of youth detained in the juvenile justice system.



In 2013 MHAS launched "BeHeLP," an innovative new Behavioral Health-Legal Partnership. In collaboration with Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow Eliza Schafler provides holistic legal services to low-income and immigrant families who have children with mental illness. MHAS is proud to join the growing medical-legal partnership movement and show that legal care is a crucial tool for mental health recovery.


Follow BeHeLP's activities on the MHAS blog.

Is Your Child Struggling in School?


Learn about Educationally-Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS). Your child's right to mental health services has not changed. ERMHS are mandated by federal law. Read more here.

Court Ruling in Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder

Judge orders immigration courts in three states to provide counsel for immigrants with serious mental disabilities in immigration proceedings.  Read the court order here.

Press Release

AP article

New York Times article

California's Mental Health Movement

Check out the Each Mind Matters campaign and watch the documentary "A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness."


The Campaign for Justice seeks to ensure that all Californians have access to justice under the law. That requires a strong network of legal aid lawyers who advocate for those who canít afford to pay. Legal aid lawyers are there when Californians have nowhere else to turn.

Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS)

MHAS assists approximately 3,000 children and adults annually, 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.

Read about our Mission and Values.

Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc.
3255 Wilshire Blvd. #902
Los Angeles, California 90010
Phone (213) 389-2077