Crisis Support

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Crisis Text Line

Text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.

NAMI HelpLine

Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) M–F, 7 a.m.–3 p.m. PT for free mental health info, referrals and support.

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NAMI California's COPE Program

NAMI California is working with the State of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) on a training program to provide police officers with mental health support.

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Best Practices In California

The NAMI California Criminal Justice Committee tracks the progress of implementation and expansion of criminal justice best practices throughout our state on an annual basis. To the best of our knowledge, we are the only organization in California that has aggregated this information for this purpose.

Find criminal justice resources in the resources section of this website.

2009 Review of Best Practices

Advocacy Organizations

Learn more about organizations that strive to support and advocate for individuals involved in the criminal justice system.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) California California Association of Mental Health Patient’s Rights Advocates Friends Outside CSG Justice Center


NAMI CA does our best in maintaining a current list of resources, forms, and guides to help you or a loved one.

All Criminal Justice Resources