Murphy Conservatorship

Who can use this service?

The Office of the Public Guardian is responsible for providing and directing the mental health treatment and placement of clients who have been deemed gravely disabled due to a mental disease and/or disorder and qualify under a Murphy Conservatorship (section 1370). These criteria are described above. 

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 $42 per month.

What is the process?

Step 1: Contact the Office of the Public Guardian.

If you are concerned about a person and believe that person meets the criteria for Murphy conservatorship, please call the Office of the Public Guardian at 805-781-5845. 

Step 2: Court makes a referral.

Referrals for Murphy conservatorship may be made only by the courts, through a process specified by law. The Office of the Public Guardian receives these referrals directly from the courts. 

Step 3: Investigator will follow up.

Once a referral is received directing the Office of the Public Guardian to complete a Conservatorship Investigation as ordered by the Court, the Conservatorship Investigator will investigate whether it is appropriate to establish a Murphy Conservatorship. This is according to California Welfare and Institution Code Section 5008(h)(1)(B), 5330-5368 et seq.

Step 4: Public Guardian will serve as conservator if needed.

The Office of the Public Guardian will provide services through this conservatorship program for persons found to be gravely disabled.

When and where is this service offered?

This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.