Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS)

LPS conservatorships are used to care for adults with serious mental health illnesses who need special care.

These conservatorships are used for people who usually need very restrictive living arrangements (like living in locked facilities) and require extensive mental health treatment (like very powerful drugs to control behavior). Welfare & Institutions Code 5000-et seq

Conservatees in LPS conservatorships cannot or will not agree to the special living arrangements or treatment on their ownLPS conservatorships must be started by a local government agency.

The Act in effect ended all hospital commitments by the judiciary system, except in the case of criminal sentencing, e.g., convicted sexual offenders, and those who were gravely disabled“, defined as unable to obtain food, clothing, or housing CA Jury Instruction 2002 * [Conservatorship of Susan T.]. It did not, however, impede the right of voluntary commitments. It expanded the evaluative power of psychiatrists and created provisions and criteria for holds. Wiki Pedia

Consumer Resources & Links

See footnotes & brochures above

LPS Holds Chart

Grave Disability Includes Financial & Health Issues

Handout from NAMI Los Angeles Seminar March 2018

How to navigate CA Department of Mental Health Website

Disability Rights LPS 6 pages

Disability Rights CALPS Search

Pamphlet LPS 12 Pages Guide AB 1424 10.2001 Families be part of the LPS Process

Guide to AB 1424-Law (Word Document)

LPS Conservatorship – Kings County

NAMI Los Angeles Guide to LPS

LPS Training Manual Santa Clara County Mental Health Dept 14 pages Rev 1.2011

LPS Training Manual Los Angeles 60 Pages How to write a 5150 – 5585

California Welfare Institute Act 5358(Word Document) Conservatorship Litigation – Guide 33 pages

Probate Code 2591 Powers of Conservator

Court Notification of LPS Treatment (Word Document) on Conservatorships

NAMI – Navigator  Gail Evanguelidi  310-288-9749

Referrals to the Public Guardian’s Office are accepted only from mental health professionals designated to evaluate for both the grave disability (inability to provide for one’s basic personal needs for food, clothing or shelter) and the mental disorder

Social Security Representative Payee

Find an Attorney

Los Angeles Area Conservatorship Clinics

Petition for Guardianship of the Person

Los Angeles Bar Assoc on the Process to get conservatorship

Capacity Declaration how to represent a conservatee 24 pages pdf

Summary by Daniel Pone, Esq.

Harry Gin’s Presentation on LPS Conservatorship in CA

Legal Codes


Judges Bench Guide to LPS Conservatorships

Law Journals

1-1977  Civil Commitment in California: Alan W. Tieger Michael A. Kresser  Defense Perspective – LPS  – Hastings Law Journal Involuntary Comittment – 1-1-1982 The Cuckoo ‘s Nest Reassessed: Involuntary Commitments in California after Suzuki v. Yuen and Doe v. Gallinot Gretchen O. BurfordLoyola Civil Comittment LPS – 2-1-1974 Civil Commitment of the Mentally Ill in California:  The Lanterman-Petris-Short Act Mark Alan Hart Loyola

Involuntary Commitment for Mental Disorder:The Application of California’s Lanterman-Petris-Short Act  Carol A. B. Warren Law & Society Review Vol. 11, No. 4 (Spring, 1977), pp. 629-649

Medicare & You - Mental Health

Medicare & Mental Illness # 11358 2 pages

Medicare & Mental Illness # 10184   

Medicare & Mental Illness # 10184

Our Webpage on Medicare & Mental Health

Main Webpage on Mental Health

Los Angeles Consumer Resources #Directory

Mental Health Consumer Resources

Our webpage on EOC Evidence of Coverage - Plain English, even if they are 2 to 300 pages

Guide to Mental Health Benefits (The Mighty)

guide to mental health benefits


Compliance Assistance Guide from DOL.Gov Health Benefits under Federal Law

Mental Health Videos

You Tube Videos


CMS Learning Aid for Mental Health Professionals


See our Main Webpage on Mental Health

CMS Learning Aid for Mental Health Professionals

International Travel Insurance

Hitler & Mental Health - Medicare for All - National Health Care  

Hitler Mental Health Euthanasia Program

The T 4 program.

Certain German physicians were authorised to select patients "deemed incurably sick, after most critical medical examination" and then administer to them a "mercy death" (Gnadentod).[7] 

The T4 programme stemmed from the Nazi Party policy of "racial hygiene", a belief that the German people needed to be cleansed of racial enemies, which included anyone confined to a mental health facility and people with simple physical disabilities.[31] 

This poster (from around 1938) reads: "60,000 Reichsmark is what this person suffering from a hereditary defect costs the People's community during his lifetime. Fellow citizen, that is your money too.



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