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Public Guardian

Provides protection and care through the conservatorship process for those who cannot properly provide for their own personal and/or financial needs.

The two types of conservatorships are:  

LPS (Lanterman, Petris, Short) Conservatorship

When a doctor has determined that a person is gravely disabled (unable to provide food, clothing, and/or shelter) due to a mental disorder, a referral for LPS Conservatorship is submitted to the Public Guardian's office.  Through the investigation process, a Public Guardian investigator will determine the necessity of a conservatorship.  If a conservatorship is deemed appropriate, a court hearing is scheduled.  Depending on the outcome of the hearing, a person may be placed under conservatorship of the person and/or the estate.

Referrals for LPS Conservatorships must come from a 5150 facility.

Probate Conservatorship

When a person is unable to provide for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter or unable to manage their estate due to a cognitive impairment, a capacity declaration written by a medical doctor is submitted to the Public Guardian's office.  Through the investigation process, the necessity for conservatorship will be determined.

Referrals for Probate Conservatorship come from hospitals or skilled nursing facilities.  If the person lives independently, the referrals come from Adult Protective Services.

To reach someone regarding Public Guardian questions, you may call 530-886-2900 during regular business hours.

For all urgent matters regarding individuals on conservatorship, call intake 24/7 at 916-787-8860.