The function of the San Luis Obispo County Public Conservator is to act as the court appointed LPS Conservator. Public Conservators are responsible for directing the mental health treatment and placement of their clients who are:
- gravely disabled as the result of a mental disease and/or disorder
- unable to provide for their basic personal needs for food, clothing or shelter, and
- require placement in a state mental institution or other facility for psychiatric care.
An LPS Conservator has the authority to place his/her conservatee in a state hospital or psychiatric treatment facility involuntarily. Referrals for LPS conservatorships can only come from a psychiatrist who is affiliated with a licensed psychiatric hospital.
The term "LPS Conservator" comes from the Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act, which provided guidelines for the handling of involuntary civil commitments of individuals in mental health institutions in California. State Assemblyman Frank Lanterman, along with state Senators Nicholas Petris and Alan Short, introduced the act in 1967. It was signed into law in 1972 by Governor Ronald Reagan. This act set the precedent for modernizing the commitment and mental health treatment procedures in the United States.
Who can use this service?
This service can be used by individuals who have been referred by the treating physician(s) who are in charge of their care in a licensed psychiatric facility.
Is there a charge for this service?
The charge for this service is based on the approved monthly rate by the Social Security Administration, which is currently $44 per month.
When and where is this service offered?
This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.