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How are LPS Conservatorships Initiated?

A Mental Health (LPS) Conservatorship is based upon grave disability as a result of a mental disorder. Referrals to the Public Guardian's Office are accepted only from mental health professionals designated to evaluate for both the grave disability and the mental disorder. The two sources for qualified professionals to complete psychiatric evaluations and make referrals to the Public Guardian's Office are:

  • Private and public acute psychiatric hospitals officially designated by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health to treat involuntary patients.
  • The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and its regional offices.

If you, as a relative, friend, or other concerned citizen believe another person needs a LPS Conservatorship, the proper course to follow is for you to contact the appropriate source and request an evaluation for grave disability and referral to the Public Guardian as follows:

  • If the patient is in an acute psychiatric hospital designated by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health to accept and treat involuntary patients, contact the treating therapist at the hospital and request an evaluation for conservatorship.
  • If the patient is living at home or residing in any other facility, contact the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health's Regional Office that covers the area where the patient is located and request a conservatorship evaluation.
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