The Lanterman Petris-Short Act allows for the involuntary detention and treatment of a person who appears dangerous to themselves or others. This can happen when someone has been diagnosed with mental illness, which makes them seem like they’re endangering society as well as themselves by being in this condition.
LPS Conservatorship establishes conservatorship over the person and/or estate of an individual who has been adjudicated by the court to be “gravely disabled” as a result of mental illness. Conservatorships are established to provide for involuntary treatment that will either eradicate or significantly diminish the grave disability to the point where third-party help can be accepted.An LPS Conservatorship LPS is granted for a one-year term, but may be renewed for an additional year. It assists the conservator in directing the treatment team toward reclaiming your loved one’s life. The patient is not permitted to refuse medication, which is the purpose of conservatorship.« Back to Glossary Index