LPS (Lanterman-Petris-Short) Conservatorship
An LPS conservatorship is granted for someone who is "gravely disabled" and unable to provide for his/her basic needs because of mental illness or chronic alcoholism. Unlike a Probate conservatorship, only the County Counsel can file a petition for a LPS conservatorship. Once granted by the Court, a LPS conservatorship is valid for one year. However, it can be renewed annually upon a psychiatrist's recommendation and with a Court hearing.