The Office of the Public Guardian is appointed by the Superior Court of California, County of San Luis Obispo, to act as the Probate or LPS Conservator for individuals who require conservatorship as defined by law and where no other viable option exists.
This may involve a wide range of services based on the needs of the individual.
For example, the Office of the Public Guardian may manage finances; coordinate and secure placements for long-term health or psychiatric care; or manage various ongoing daily needs for people who are unable to provide for their own needs independently and do not have a family member or friend who is able to provide and supervise these needs.
The Office of the Public Guardian as Public Representative Payee acts as a substitute payee as designated by the Social Security Administration for individuals who have difficulty managing their financial affairs. Individuals who meet the criteria to receive services in this program are living in our communities being case managed by another public agency or private non-profit organization. Without the formal management of their monthly income benefits, they would have difficulty maintaining their housing and meeting their basic needs.
For more information, you may contact the office at 805-781-5845.