Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Conservatorships

These are special conservatorships that are set up to provide help for persons who suffer from a mental disorder or chronic alcoholism. These people may be a danger to themselves or others. The conservator is responsible for helping to find a placement and mental health treatment for the person who is gravely disabled. An LPS conservatorship is used only when the person needs mental health treatment but cannot or will not accept it voluntarily. Because the person subject to an LPS conservatorship may be placed in a locked facility, there are special protections to ensure that the conservatee's civil rights are protected. These cases are confidential.