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Referral Resources

If you are in crisis or seeking help for a family member or friend, many organizations exist to help you cope with a variety of concerns. Most of the hotlines listed below are available 24 hours a day. Non-profit and government resources covered include international, national, and local (Southern California/Los Angeles region numbers).


Alcohol Hotline: (800) 331-2900

Al-Anon for Families of Alcoholics: (800) 344-2666

Alcohol and Drug Helpline: (800) 821-4357

Alcohol Treatment Referral Hotline: (800) 252-6465

Alcohol & Drug Abuse Hotline: (800) 729-6686

Families Anonymous: (800) 736-9805

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Hopeline: (800) 622-2255

Attorney Referrals / Legal Advice

Legal Aid Foundation: Los Angeles: (800) 399-4529; (213) 487-3320 (Espanol)

Los Angeles County Bar Association—Lawyer Referral Line or Advice: (213) 243-1525

Small Claims Court Advisors: Los Angeles: (213) 974-9759

Smart Law Advice Line: (213) 243-1500


Consumer Affairs: Los Angeles: (213) 974-1452  OR  (800) 952-5210 

Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-7233

National US Child Abuse Hotline: (800) 422-4453


Consumer Credit Counseling Service: (800) 251-2227

Debtors Anonymous: http://www.debtorsanonymous.org/

Making Home Affordable. Official program of the Departments of the Treasury & Housing and Urban Development: www.makinghomeaffordable.gov

Housing (Landlord/Tenant)

Code Enforcement (to report substandard buildings/rentals): Long Beach: (562) 570-2633

Fair Housing Foundation (Landlord Rights, Tenant Rights. Information on late fees, security deposits, evictions, inspections, rent increases, etc.):

Long Beach: (562) 989-1206

South Los Angeles: (323) 295-3302

General: (800) 446-3247


California Department of Insurance. Consumer Hotline: (800) 927-4357


GLBT National Help Center (Comprehensive resources serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community): (800) 843-4564

Rape & Sexual Assault

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN): (800) 656-HOPE

National Domestic Violence/Child Abuse/Sexual Abuse: (800) 799-7233

Abuse Victim Hotline: (866) 662-4535 

Substance Abuse

Cocaine Anonymous: (800) 347-8998

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) (24hr Hotline): (800) 397-2333

National Help Line for Substance Abuse: (800) 262-2463

National Institute on Drug Abuse Hotline: (800) 662-4357  www.drughelp.org

Poison Control: (800) 222-1222

Suicide / Crisis Hotline

International Suicide Hotlines

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255  OR http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

National Hopeline Network: (800) SUICIDE


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APA Reference

Source: Compiled in part from Center for Civic Mediation Referral Resources & Psych Central.

Psych Central. (2007). Common Hotline Phone Numbers. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 29, 2013, from http://psychcentral.com/lib/common-hotline-phone-numbers/0001302


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