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How are Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) and Probate conservatorships different?

The LPS and Probate conservatorship programs differ in a number of important ways:

  LPS Probate
Program Description Involuntary Mental Health treatment and estate management Protective services and estate management (Cannot authorize mental health treatment)
Program Type Mandated by state law Permissible under state law
Process initiated by 1. Evaluation by designated mental health treatment facility and application to Public Guardian
2. Conservatorship investigation by Public Guardian
Anyone through petition to the Court (Usually requires the assistance of an attorney)
Population served Persons gravely disabled due to mental disorder and in need of involuntary treatment Persons unable to provide for personal needs for physical health, food, clothing and/or shelter or unable to resist fraud or undue influence

For more information about the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, go to Mental Health division.

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