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What is the process for requesting medical or ECT consent?

When a patient is on a temporary or LPS conservatorship and a request is being made to the Court for either medical or ECT consent, a Petition to determine capacity must be filed with the Court, together with a Statement by the treating psychiatrist as to the conservatee’s capacity to consent and the Conservatorship 7 Point Letter for Medical Treatment form completed by the treating medical doctor answering the following questions:

  1. What is the condition that requires treatment or surgery?
  2. What is the recommended course of treatment?
  3. What are the predictable results if authority to consent to treatment is denied or delayed by the court?
  4. What are the predictable or probable results if the recommended treatment is given?
  5. Are there any medical alternatives available?
  6. What are the attendant risks involved in the procedure recommended by the doctor?
  7. What were the reasonable efforts by the physician and/or the facility to obtain informed consent of the conservatee?

For the Los Angeles Superior Court local form listed above and other Mental Health forms, go to the Mental Health Forms.

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