What is the difference between an Lanterman-Petris-Short and a Probate Conservatorship?

An LPS Conservatorship (Lanterman-Petris-Short) is designated for client’s who require a conservatorship due to mental illness or chronic alcoholism, who are gravely disabled and may need to be secured in a locked setting. It can only be initiated by a licensed psychiatrist, while the client is in an inpatient hospital. If granted, it must be renewed annually or it expires.

A Probate Conservatorship is pursued for individuals who may not be able to continue managing their affairs due to physical illness, frailness due to age or other disability. It can be initiated by anyone, but usually is petitioned with the court through a private attorney or through the Public Guardian’s Office with the assistance of County Counsel. Unlike an LPS Conservatorship, the Probate Conservatorship does not expire. For further information, contact us at 707-253-4398.

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1. Does Adult Protective Services evaluate all adults and protect anyone who is thought to be abused?
2. If the Adult Protective Services social worker confirms that a dependent adult or elderly person is not safe in their home, can they remove him or her and place the person in a safer environment?
3. Does an APS worker locate housing for the homeless or individuals being evicted from their homes?
4. What legal protections are offered to clients of domestic abuse? What does domestic abuse cover?
5. If there is no responsible relative or other individual willing or available to sign admission forms for a confused patient transferring from the hospital into a nursing home, will APS sign the forms?
6. What kind of money management does Adult Protective Services offer?
7. If I report my suspicions about an abuse, but do not have proof, what will happen to me and can I remain anonymous?
8. If Adulcannot get voluntary cooperation from a client who has been determined to be too frail to handle their financial affairs, or resist undue influence, does APS automatically refer such cases for
9. What is the difference between an Lanterman-Petris-Short and a Probate Conservatorship?
10. Does Adult Protective Services find caregivers to go into the home of a frail client?
11. How quickly can we expect a social worker to respond to a report that is not an emergency?
12. What is an emergency response case?