I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me.

Maya Angelou

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Representation at Hearings

We represent patients in hearings regarding involuntary treatment to assure the due process rights of the individuals are respected in accordance with basic principles of the constitution.


Certification Review Hearings (5250)      

Representation is provided at Certification Review Hearings, when patients are detained for   involuntary treatment longer than 72 hours.


Capacity Hearings (Riese)
Representation is provided at Capacity (Riese) Hearings when a doctor seeks court authority to involuntarily treat a patient with psychotropic medication.  A Riese Hearing is held when the treating doctor believes a refusal results from mental illness interfering with the patient's rational thought process in decisions around treatment with those medications.

Counties served by CSHC Advocates

  • Sacramento

  • San Joaquin

  • Contra Costa


San Joaquin

Contra Costa

Did you know California has a Statewide Office of Patients Rights? To learn more, including about advocacy services in Counties not served by CSHC, visit: