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Published on November 15, 2016. Last modified on December 13, 2017
The LPS Conservatorships (also known as Lanterman-Petris-Short and Mental Health Conservatorship) ensures that individuals who are diagnosed with a mental illness or chronic alcoholism and are gravely disabled are afforded legal due process when involuntarily hospitalized in a mental health facility. The Public Conservator provides services for Monterey County residents who due to a severe and persistent mental illness are unable to provide for their basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter and are unwilling or unable to accept treatment voluntarily.
Investigation and establishment procedures are detailed in California’s Welfare and Institutions Code. These Conservatorships provide for involuntary treatment. The proceedings are held in and supervised by the Superior Court of California. The stated Legislative intent is to provide individualized treatment, supervision, and placement services by a Conservatorship program for persons gravely disabled due to a mental disorder. When appropriate, and to protect an individual’s assets, the LPS Conservator may petition the Superior Court to manage an individual’s finances.