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Mental Hygiene Legal Service


ABOUT MENTAL HYGIENE LEGAL SERVICE




MISSION STATEMENT


It is the duty of the Mental Hygiene Legal Service, Fourth Judicial Department to ensure the continued constitutional validity, and the overall legality, of the system of admission, retention, and care and treatment of individuals pursuant to the Mental Hygiene Law, and to represent individuals in guardianships and in certain other proceedings initiated due to concerns over the status of their mental health. This duty must be carried out in a fashion that recognizes the concerns of the public, and enforces and respects the rights of the individuals involved.