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How to Support Your Loved One in Jail or Prison

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I think my relative/friend has been taken to jail.

Whom do I call?


See “My Family Member Has Been Arrested – What Do I Do?” at www.acbhcs.org/jail/jail.htm or on the FERC websiteat www.askferc.org.

• The document also has links to an Inmate Mental Health Information Form

• Available in an English version and Spanish version

• Or you can call the Santa Rita Jail Mental Health Intake unit 925-551-6905.


Additional Resources:

Court Advocacy Project for those with a mental health problem that has brought them into a first time contact with the law and are not eligible for Behavioral Health Court.

Alameda County Sherriff’s Office Website.

• Alameda County Inmate Locator

• Santa Rita Jail Information

If you have any difficulty with this process you can contact the following resource that is specifically available to assist families who have relatives with serious mental illnesses that are in Santa Rita Jail or John George Psychiatric Pavilion: The Mental Health Association Family Caregiver Advocacy & Support Program at 510-835-0188 or http://mhaac.org/families_support_services.html

• The Behavioral Health Court now takes in all of Alameda County as reported here.

If your loved one has been arrested in a county other than Alameda County, then the California State organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness has a list of counties for which there are 'My Loved One Has Been Arrested' guides and medication forms here.

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