About the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act (LPS)
The Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act was signed into law by California
Governor Ronald Reagan in 1967; this law outlines the issues involving
involuntary civil commitment to mental health institutes, as well as the
related issues of conservatorship in regards to those who suffer from
serious mental disorders. The conservatorships that are outlined under
this act differ from
probate conservatorships in that they do not involve elderly people with declining
health, but rather those who suffer from debilitating disorders.
According to Disability Rights California (DRC), a LPS conservatorship
is the process in which one person is appointed to care for and make legally
binding decisions for another. This person, referred to as a conservator,
is allowed to make decisions about everything from the medication that
the conservatee is taking to the fiscal issues that arise on a day-to-day
basis. In many cases, this type of conservatorship is established when
the conservatee is receiving psychological treatment in a hospital and
is often at the recommendation of the doctor who will state that they
no longer believe that they can care for themselves.
In cases where a loved one has suffered from a serious illness or disorder,
such as schizophrenia or manic depression, it is important you take the
necessary steps to help care for them. You can petition for the right
to make decisions for them when they are no longer able to - giving you
the ability to see to their needs.
Contact our firm for help in petitioning for the appointment of conservator under the Lanterman-Petris-Short
Act. We are here to help you!