Beverly Hills Mental Health Conservator

Carmine Thompson is a private Beverly Hills Mental Health LPS conservator who is highly regarded for his ability to connect with those he’s entrusted to help. His thoughtful placement suggestions, dignified treatment approaches and oversight has improved the lives of those dealing with mental disorders and/or addiction problems.

I always ask myself; “if I was in this person’s situation, and suffering from mental illness or a dual diagnosis condition, how would I want to be treated. What if this was my loved one? What would my requirements be when it came to their care? How would I want them looked after, regarded and assisted? I would hope the person making decisions on their behalf is compassionate, knowledgable and effective.”

People living with mental illness need an advocate, a supportive system and healthy boundaries. Families need to know their loved one is in good hands and any decisions made by their LPS conservator is reflective of their loved one’s best interest.

We’re here to help. For more information regarding conservatorship services, please call us at: 800-980-3927

What is a mental health (LPS) conservatorship?

A mental health (LPS) conservatorship makes one adult (called the conservator)
responsible for a mentally ill adult (called the conservatee). These conservatorships are
only for adults with mental illnesses listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of
Mental Disorders (DSM).

The most common illnesses are serious, biological brain disorders, like:
• Schizophrenia,
• Bi-Polar Disorder (Manic Depression),
• Schizo-affective Disorder,
• Clinical Depression, and
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

LPS conservatorships are not for people with organic brain disorders, brain trauma, retardation, alcohol or drug addiction, or dementia, unless they also have one of the serious brain disorders listed in the DSM.
LPS comes from the names of the California legislators who wrote the LPS Act in the 1970s: Lanterman, Petris, and Short.

What powers does an LPS conservator have?

An LPS conservatorship gives legal authority to one adult (called a conservator) to make certain decisions for a seriously mentally ill person (called a conservatee) who is unable to take care of him/ herself.

If asked, the Court can give LPS conservator the duty to take care of and protect the seriously mentally ill person (conservator of the person) and also the power to handle the financial matters of the seriously mentally ill person (conservator of the estate). The conservator can give consent to mental health treatment, even if the conservatee objects. S/he can legally agree to the use of psychotropic (mind-altering) drugs (but the conservatee may physically refuse to take them).

Also, the conservator can agree to place the mentally ill person in a locked facility if a psychiatrist says it is needed and the hospital agrees to take the person, whether or not the conservatee agrees. The conservator can also decide where the mentally ill person will live when s/he is not in a locked psychiatric facility.

An LPS conservator must have enough medical and social information before making decisions for the conservatee. And, the conservator must only take actions that are best for the mentally ill person. The LPS conservator can also make financial decisions for the seriously mentally ill person, like paying the bills and collecting a person’s income.

We’re here to help. For more information regarding conservatorship services, please call us at: 800-980-3927