Mental Hygiene Legal Service (MHLS)

Mental Health
6. Hospitals


Mental Hygiene Legal Service (MHLS)

MHLS is an agency that provides legal services to patients in psychiatric hospitals. Many hospitals have MHLS offices. If there is no office at the hospital, an MHLS lawyer should visit the hospital regularly. You can ask the hospital staff to set up a meeting for you with a lawyer from MHLS. They are required to provide the name, address, and phone number of this person. This information should also be posted at the hospital. If you have trouble reaching MHLS, contact your LFC lawyer. Even though he or she cannot represent you regarding your treatment in the hospital, he or she may be able to help you reach your MHLS attorney.

You should contact MHLS if:

  • You think you have been in the hospital for too long and want to be released immediately
  • You are being forced to leave the hospital when you feel you need to stay
  • You feel an appropriate discharge plan has not been put in place
  • You are being abused or neglected by the staff
  • You are being forced to take medication that you do not feel is helping you
  • No one is explaining why you are in the hospital or what your treatment plan is