An L.P.S. (Lanterman-Petris-Short) (California) conservatorship is for a person who is gravely disabled (as the result of a mental disorder) and is unable to provide for his/her basic personal needs for food, clothing or shelter, and requires placement in a facility for psychiatric treatment. Time is usually a primary factor since the individual’s condition may change dramatically over a considerably short period of time.
An L.P.S. conservatorship may be of the person only, or of the person and estate, but not of the estate only. This type of conservator has the authority to place his/her conservatee in a state hospital or psychiatric treatment facility involuntarily. Once a case is referred, the Conservatorship Investigator evaluates the case, makes a recommendation and, if appropriate, petitions the court for the appointment of a conservator.
An L.P.S. conservatorship must be renewed by the conservator on an annual basis by filing the necessary documents with the Superior Court.