NAMI Sacramento, Sacramento's Voice on Mental Illness

Patients' Rights Advocates

These are resources for mental health consumers and their families needing an advocate.

Also, see Crisis Help.

Protection and Advocacy, Inc.

PAI provides advocacy help for Californians with disabilities. You could be eligible for PAI services if you:

  • have a developmental disability
  • are a regional center consumer
  • have a psychiatric disability or emotional impairment
  • are a patient in a state psychiatric hospital
  • have a physical, learning or sensory disability defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • have a traumatic brain injury
  • need access to new technology that you believe may help you live a fuller, more independent life
  • receive SSI or SSDI and need help
web address
1-800-719-5798 (TTY)
1-800-776-5746 (Voice) or (916) 488-9950
Sacramento City ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Coordinator

Coordinates ADA compliance for the City of Sacramento. Contact this office to file a complaint if you have experienced discrimination on the basis of disability experienced while receiving services, activities, programs or benefits from the City of Sacramento.

web address

(916) 264-5707 (TTY)
(916) 808-8795 (Voice)

Sacramento County Adult Protective Services

Dedicated to maintaining the health and safety of elderly and dependent adults who are victims of abuse or neglect.

web address
(916) 874-9377
Sacramento County Child Protective Services (CPS)

CPS investigates child abuse and neglect and provides services to keep children safe while strengthening families. CPS also trains foster parents, acts as an adoption agency, and licenses family daycare homes.

web address

24 Hour Child Abuse Hotline: (916) 875-5437 (875-KIDS)
In an emergency always call 911 for law enforcement.

Sacramento County Advocacy Programs

The Adult Advocate Program is a volunteer program that assists people not only with advocacy but with including consumers on workgroups and facilitating workgroups. 

The Family Advocacy Program is funded through the Childrens System of Care (CSOC) and encourages employment of family members of consumers, and also employs youth advocates.

Adult Advocate  (916) 875-4710
Family Coordinator  (916) 875-4183
Sacramento County Office of Patients' Rights

The Office of Patients Rights represents the expressed interests of the client in Certification Review hearings and various other legal procedures. Whenever a patient in the local system feels their rights are being infringed upon or even denied, that consumer can request review of the instance by the local Office of Patients' Rights and a thorough investigation will be done.

(916) 333-3800
Sacramento County Civil Rights Coordinator

If you believe that you were treated inappropriately or differently solely because of your race, color, national origin, religion, political affiliation, marital status, sex, age, or disability, state and federal regulations allow for you to file a civil rights complaint directly with the Civil Rights Coordinator for the Department of Health & Human Services.

(916) 875-2000
Sacramento County DHHS Ombudsman

"Ombudsman" is a Swedish term that means protector or defender of citizen's rights. The Sacramento County Ombudsman:

  • Conducts independent reviews of complaints concerning Agency policies or practices.
  • Ensures that policies and practices are consistent with the goals and missions of the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS).
  • Ensures that individuals are treated fairly, respectfully and with dignity.
  • Makes referrals and recommendations when appropriate.
web address
(916) 875-2000



NAMI Sacramento cannot be held responsible for the use of the information we provide.
Please always consult a trained mental health professional before making any decision
regarding treatment of yourself or others.