PATIENTS RIGHTS ADVOCATES are authorized to visit all mental health programs (including in jails.) They are a good source of information and they are advocates. Invite them to participate regularly at your monthly meetings. Link to Disability Rights California
Each local mental health director shall appoint, or contract for the services of, one or more county patients' rights advocates. The duties of these advocates shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
(a) To receive and investigate complaints from or concerning recipients of mental health services residing in licensed health or community care facilities regarding abuse, unreasonable denial or punitive withholding of rights guaranteed under the provisions of Division 5 (commencing with Section 5000 ).
(b) To monitor mental health facilities, services and programs for compliance with statutory and regulatory patients' rights provisions.
(c) To provide training and education about mental health law and patients' rights to mental health providers.
(d) To ensure that recipients of mental health services in all licensed health and community care facilities are notified of their rights.
(e) To exchange information and cooperate with the patients' rights program.
Bill AB333 (Eggman) - Whistleblower protection for Patients Rights Advocates (Proposed legislation 2019)