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California Association of Mental Health Patients’ Rights Advocates
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A membership organization working to promote public policy furthering the rights and well-being of mental health consumers.

California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies (CASRA)
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A statewide association of private, nonprofit community-based agencies providing rehabilitation and support services for adult clients coping with the disabling effects of serious and/or persistent mental illness. CASRA seeks to promote and support the development of community-based systems of services which provide choices for consumers and which are based upon the promise of growth and recovery, to provide leadership and consultation to enhance the development of effective community services which promote self-help and rehabilitation, to address legislative and regulatory issues which affect the provision of mental health services and to facilitate a network for the sharing of ideas, experiences and expertise among association members.

California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies
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CCCMHA is a California association of non-profit agencies, which is now representing mental health providers in a wide variety of California communities--metropolitan, suburban, and rural. CCCMHA advocates a priority status for mental health services at both the state and federal levels.

California Fair Employment and Housing
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Legal assistance with housing and job discrimination and hate crimes.

California Health Advocates
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Provides accurate, unbiased, user-friendly information about Medicare benefits for people who live in California. Also offers resources for professionals working directly with California's Medicare beneficiaries.

California Network of Mental Health Clients
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The first mental health client-run state organization in the country, it empowers clients of the mental health system through self-help groups and networking statewide.

California Office of the Patient Advocate
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An independent office in state government charged with informing and educating consumers about their rights and responsibilities as HMO enrollees. The Office is required to annually publish an internet-based HMO Report Card on the quality of HMO services, develop consumer education materials and programs, assist HMO enrollees, advise the Department of Managed Health Care regarding consumer issues, and collaborate with government and community-based patient advocacy organizations.

California Paid Family Leave
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Provides information about the California Paid Family Leave Law. Beginning July 2004, California Workers may receive up to six weeks of paid leave per year to care for a new child or seriously ill family member.

California Psychiatric Association
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Responsible for carrying out legislative, regulatory, judicial, educational, advocacy, and public affairs activities on behalf of organized psychiatry in California. CPA hires legislative advocates to work with the California legislature, State regulatory agencies, and administrative agencies to ensure that patients with psychiatric disorders will have access to high quality medically necessary treatment

California Residential Services Association
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An association of providers of residential care to the developmentally disabled in licensed group homes, adult residential facilities,and residential care facilities for the elderly.

California Senior Legislature
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A volunteer body whose primary mission is to gather ideas for legislation at the state and federal levels, craft the ideas into formal proposals, prioritize the proposals, present them to members of the Legislature or the Congress, and advocate for laws implementing the ideas.

California Society for Clinical Social Work
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Devoted solely to advancing the professional concerns of clinical social workers, to increase recognition of the value of practitioners and the profession among allied professionals and in the healthcare industry and the public. To articulate and uphold professional ethics and standards. Advocates for members and the profession before the legislature and relevant regulatory agencies. Provides educational opportunities, training and information that meet member needs.

California State Assembly
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Legislation, directory, caucuses

California State Senate
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Legislation, committees, caucuses

California Welfare and Institutions Code
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Information presented reflects laws currently in effect. All California Codes have been updated to include the 2006 Statutes.

Court Info Self Help
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Information on California's court system.

Disability Rights California
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Works in partnership with people with disabilities to protect, advocate for and advance their human, legal and service rights.

Each Mind Matters
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Unites the hundreds of organizations working together to create health systems that serve minds and bodies, and the millions of Californians who refuse to stay silent while untreated mental illness takes an unnecessary toll on both families and communities.

Housing California (HCA)
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Acts as a voice for affordable homes for all and an end to homelessness, and works to increase the supply and variety of decent, safe and affordable homes for homeless and low-income families.

MAPLight.org
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Covers the U.S. Congress and California Legislature and seeks to provide a window into the connections between money, politics, campaign contributions and how legislators vote.

Medical Board of California
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The Medical Board of California is the State agency that licenses medical doctors, investigates complaints, disciplines those who violate the law, conducts physician evaluations, and facilitates rehabilitation where appropriate.

Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63)
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Provides increased funding, personnel and other resources to support county mental health programs and monitor progress toward statewide goals for children, transition age youth, adults, older adults and families. Addresses a broad continuum of prevention, early intervention and service needs and the necessary infrastructure, technology and training elements that will effectively support this system.

State Insurance Hotline
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Consumer information and complaints regarding insurance.

United Advocates For Children of California
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Works to improve the quality of life for all children and youth with mental, emotional and behavioral challenges; to eliminate discrimination and social stigma; and to promote the empowerment of families to meet the mental health needs of children.

 
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