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New York State Unified Court System, Second Judicial Department
Mental Hygiene Legal Service


Also Known As:MHLS
Address:170 Old Country Road, Suite 500 Mineola NY 11501
Telephone(s):(516) 746-4545
Fax:(646) 963-6640
World Wide Web: http://www.mhanys.org/publications/factsheets/fscompliants.htm


Description:

The Mental Hygiene Legal Service is an agency of the New York State Unified Court System which provides legal services, advice and assistance to persons with mental disabilities (mental illness and mental retardation/developmental disabilities) who are receiving care or alleged to be in need of care at inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities. MHLS provides attorneys to represent patients in judicial and administrative proceedings concerning involuntary commitment, involuntary treatment, involuntary medication, and guardianship. MHLS also provides advocacy, advice, and representation for patients regarding care and treatment and other matters affecting civil liberties, and will make appropriate referrals for patients who need legal services in matters that fall outside of MHLS's scope.




Hours:

Mon-Fri, 8:30 am-5:00 pm


Fees/Methods of Payment:There is no charge for the services of Mental Hygiene Legal Service, except in the case of guardianships where the court may award a fee at the rate of $30 an hour if the person alleged to be incapacitated is not indigent.
Access for People with Disabilities:Wheelchair accessible.


Services Offered:Legal RepresentationLegal ServicesSpecialized Information and Referral
Target Groups(By Need):Mental Illness / Emotional Disabilities