Mental Illness & Addiction

What Is Mental Illness?

It is a condition that affects a person's thinking, feeling, or mood. Mental Health conditions may affect a person's ability to function each day and to relate to others. Often, drug addiction is tied to an underlying mental illness.

What is addiction?

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission.

Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.

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The System & Mental Health

The criminal justice system is not well equipped to deal with cases involving mental health issues. Typically, persons with mental illnesses are treated the same as any other offender. As a result, persons with mental illness are subject to the same procedures for arrest, jailing, and sentencing.

In Santa Barbara, the police department has a special protocol for dealing with mental illnesses. However, due to a shortage of beds at the mental health unit of the county jail (PUFF), persons with mental illnesses are usually housed in the general population.

Helping You Through a Mental Health Crisis

At the Law Office of Robert Landheer, our goal is protect our clients from undue punishment and direct them to treatment. We believe treatment of mental illness better serves our clients and our community.

Experienced Attorneys

Attorney Robert F. Landheer has handled mental health cases throughout his career. He continues to be a voice for those with mental illness and an advocate for changes in the treatment of criminal cases involving mental health or addiction.

Building A Mental Health Team

At the Law Office of Robert Landheer, we work hand in hand with mental health and addiction professionals to get our clients the help that they need. Most importantly, we recognize defending criminal charges is only a part of getting your life back on track.

Our office works in collaboration with the following local providers:

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Nation's largest grassroots mental health organization.

Keystone Recovery Network - Residential drug and alcohol detox treatment program.

The Giving Tree - Sober living environment for women recovering from addictive disorders.

Recovery Fusion - Recovery support and treatment referral service.