Being admitted to a mental health facility can, at times, be confusing and overwhelming. The goal of Community Action Marin’s Patients’ Rights Advocacy program is to ensure that all incoming patients and residents are notified of their rights. Patients have the right to see a Patients’ Rights Advocate who has no clinical or administrative responsibility for their mental health treatment, and to receive his or her services. Part of those services include meeting and conferring with patients prior to their Probable Cause and Capacity Hearings, and attending the hearings as the patient’s representative. The Patients’ Rights Advocate also monitors mental health facilities, services and programs for compliance with statutory and regulatory patients’ rights provisions and acts as liaison to the Patients’ Rights Office, State Department of Mental Health.