Lanterman-Petris-Short Act (LPS) Conservatorship

The LPS conservatorship is provided by the court when the individual is determined to be “gravely disabled” due to mental illness, allowing for involuntary treatment and third-party assistance.

LPS Conservatorship responsibilities are:

  • Court-appointed decision maker
  • Act on behalf of the individual
  • Monitor treatment plans
  • Assure needed treatment is provided
  • Protect the person and/or personal assets
  • Determine the appropriate level of care
  • Work collaboratively with Behavioral Health & Recovery Services

The mental illnesses that qualify an adult for the LPS conservatorship arrangement are different from biological brain disorders. LPS can only be recommended and approved for adults with the mental illnesses listed below.

  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar Disorder/Manic Depression
  • Clinical Depression
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Schizoid-Affective Disorder

If your family member or friend meets any mental disabilities mentioned above, it is time to seek an LPS conservatorship.