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What is a LPS Conservatorship?

A LPS or mental health conservatorship begins with an application for conservatorship completed by a person designated to write LPS holds and filed with the Office of the Public Guardian.

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  • A conservator is answerable to the Superior Court for the manner in which he or she administers the conservatorship.

WIC Sections 5350-5372 deal with the process of conservatorship for a person who is alleged to be gravely disabled due to a mental disorder. Conservatorship lasts for a period of one year. The conservator may petition the Court for reappointment each year. Failure to request reappointment as conservator before expiration of the current appointment requires the Court to end the conservatorship "by operation of law."

The Court may issue a temporary letter of conservatorship or TCON when a petition for conservatorship is filed by the Public Guardian's Office. The temporary letter of conservatorship permits the Public Guardian to authorize continued involuntary treatment for a period of 30 days (NOTE: may be extended up to 6 months).

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  • No applications for mental health conservatorship will be accepted from family or friends.

To view the sections of the California Welfare and Institutions Code pertaining to mental health conservatorship, go to the Welfare and Institutions Code Section 5350-5372.
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