Mental Hygiene Legal Service
631-208-5319 or 516-493-3963
The Mental Hygiene Legal Service (MHLS) is a New York State agency responsible for representing, advocating and litigating on behalf of individuals receiving services for a mental disability. It is the oldest and most comprehensive legal advocacy program for the mentally disabled in the United States. Originally created by the New York State Legislature in 1964 as the Mental Health Information Service to act as the guardian of due process rights for the institutionalized mentally disabled, the agency functioned primarily in an informational and ombudsman capacity.