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Links to social services in California
We are aware of the type of mental health and social service information and resources that individuals in the recovery process need regardless of where they live. Because having that information can be so important, We have compiled the 50 most important resource links for Californians in recovery.

Division of Veterans Services is responsible for administering a number of special programs, benefits and services for California veterans and their families. For personalized assistance in learning about your veteran benefits, or for help filing a claim for benefits.

Operation Welcome Home can help you successfully re-enter civilian life by connecting you to the veterans benefits and services you have earned.California Action Plan for Reintegration

California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) has supported the needs of renters and first-time homebuyers by providing financing and programs that create safe, decent and affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate income Californians.

California Homeless Information: Search for Shelters, Contact a housing counselor, Avoid foreclosure, Help with your utility bills, Other California Resources.
California homeless Information

California Food Bank Locator, Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Feeding America network provides food to more than 37 million low-income people facing hunger in the United States.
Food Bank Locatons

U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)is the new name for the federal Food Stamp Program, CalFresh in California. The new name reflects the changes we've made to meet the needs of our clients, including a focus on nutrition and an increase in benefit amounts. SNAP is the federal name for the program.
Food Stamp Program
Advocacy resources!
We hope you'll explore these websites and find resources to help you advocate for your rights or those of another.
Active Minds
A student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy organization designed for the college campus.
ADA Watch

Advocates for preservation and enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

The country's largest cross-disability membership organization, organizes the disability community to be a powerful voice for change - politically, economically, and socially. AAPD was founded in 1995 to help unite the diverse community of people with disabilities, including their family, friends and supporters, and to be a national voice for change in implementing the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
American Bar Association's Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law

"to promote the ABA's commitment to justice and the rule of law for persons with mental, physical, and sensory disabilities and to promote their full and equal participation in the legal profession."
The Bright Side- Wings of Support

Offering free support services for people dealing with a crisis, addiction, coping with a mental disorder, or just feeling overwhelmed with life.
Campaign for Mental Health Reform

A collaboration of some of the nation's leading mental health advocacy groups, founded by the Bazelon Center , NAMI, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and the National Mental Health Association.
The Center for Public Representation

Seeks to improve the quality of lives of people with mental illness and other disabilities through the systemic enforcement of their legal rights while promoting improvements in services for citizens with disabilities.
Connect for Kids

Brings together the latest news, research, trends and stories from across the child and youth field so you can get informed and take action on the issues that matter most to you. We and our partners believe that together we can be a powerful voice for children, youth and communities.
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities

Nnational organizations working for public policy that ensures the independence, empowerment and integration of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
Counter Act
Offering explanation, encouragement and psycho spiritual support to the psychiatrized and all others bent or broken by systemic dysfunction. To help to awaken the mental illness industry to some very old, yet still resisted, truths. To take back the right to speak in the first person about my experience and to offer ideas and practical help to others trying to do the same.

Has an extensive list of information and resources.
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund. A leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities. We train and educate people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities about their rights under state and federal disability rights laws so they can use the laws as tools to challenge exclusion and discrimination, and advocate effectively for full participation in the lives of their communities. operated a disability rights legal clinic in collaboration with law schools in the San Francisco Bay Area including Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.
Freedom Center

is going strong! After more than 9 years of fast-paced activism focus, Freedom Center is going strong -- and evolving. We're concentrating on our community support and wellness programs these days: support groups, yoga, writing, and acupuncture. We're also continuing to co-sponsor Madness Radio and we collaborate with the Recovery Learning Community and the Statewide Harm Reduction Coalition.
Icarus Project
Envisions a new culture and language that resonates with our actual experiences of 'mental illness' rather than trying to fit our lives into a conventional framework. By joining together as individuals and as a community, the intertwined threads of madness, creativity, and collaboration can inspire hope and transformation in an oppressive and damaged world. Participation in The Icarus Project helps us overcome alienation and tap into the true potential that lies between brilliance and madness.
Job Accommodation Network

Has information and links for implementing the employment protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Law Project for Psychiatric Rights
(PsychRights) is a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) public interest law firm whose mission is to mount a strategic legal campaign against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock in the United States akin to what Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP mounted in the 40's and 50's on behalf of African American civil rights. The public mental health system is creating a huge class of chronic mental patients through forcing them to take ineffective, yet extremely harmful drugs.

Living Well with a Psychiatric Disability
in Work and School is an interactive website. An interactive and informative web site for people with a psychiatric condition that addresses issues and reasonable accommodations related to work and school.
Mac Arthur

Research Network on Mental Health and the Law based at the University of Virginia 's Institute of Law , Psychiatry and Public Policy. goal of the Research Network on Mental Health and the Law is to build the empirical foundation for the next generation of mental health laws -- laws that will assure the rights and the safety of individuals and of society. The Network has two overriding mandates: to develop new knowledge about the relationships between mental health and the law, and to turn that understanding into improved tools and criteria for evaluating individuals and making decisions that affect their lives.
Mental Disability Rights International
(MDRI) is an international non-governmental advocacy organization dedicated to the recognition and enforcement of the rights of people with mental disabilities.
MindFreedom International

Celebrating 24 years of united independent activism for human rights and humane alternatives in mental health. MindFreedom International is a voice for survivors of abuse in mental health care. All are welcome to join, today!

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR RIGHTS PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY - NARPA`s mission is to promote policies and pursue strategies that result in individuals with psychiatric diagnoses making their own choices regarding treatment. We educate and mentor those individuals to enable them to exercise their legal and human rights with a goal of abolition of all forced treatment.
National Council on Disability

An independent federal agency working with the President and the Congress to increase the inclusion, independence and empowerment of all Americans with disabilities.
National Disability Rights Network

(NDRN) (formerly the National Association of Protection & Advocacy Systems) brings together the network of state agencies protecting the rights of people with mental illness or developmental disabilities.
National Empowerment Center

To carry a message of recovery, empowerment, hope and healing to people who have been labeled with mental illness. "We envision a future when everyone with a mental illness will recover"
Ragged Edge magazine online

Offers thousands of disability articles. Find out more about the site and some of our other publications. When you want to immerse yourself in the disability blogging world, where do you start? Some thoughts from the editor
Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma

This SAMHSA web page offers resources and information about effective approaches for people combatting discrimination and stigma.
Recovery Website

Believes that access to available resources is critical to the recovery process. The purpose of this website is to provide information to the consumer, professional, family member and community that can be used to enhance the lives of individuals with a psychiatric disability. This site details best practices and other components of a mental health consumer-driven recovery process.
S.S.A.S. Connect
SOCIAL SECURITY ADVISORY SERVICE Connect is a public posting board on Social Security (including disability) claims with links to the law and regulations.
Walkers in Darkness
Resources, forums and chat rooms for people with mental or emotional disorders.
Women with Disabilities

The National Women's Health Information Center has pages and links on psychiatric disabilities.