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What is a Conservatorship?

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A conservatorship is where a person is appointed for a client and is responsible for his or her living arrangements, financial and legal matters, as well as medical and mental health treatment. The conservator can be a relative, friend, or the Public Guardian's Office. The Public Guardian is the last resort if no one else is able or willing to serve. The Superior Court will make this determination.

For a client to be considered for conservatorship, he or she will have to meet the criteria for the legal standard for "grave disability". This means that the person is unable to provide for their basic personal needs for food, clothing or shelter as a result of having a mental illness or the impairment as the result of chronic alcoholism.

The decision that a person meets these criteria is determined by several measurements--psychiatric history, behavioral functions and treatment compliance, family input, and treatment team recommendations.

If a person does meet the criteria and is in need of conservatorship, a referral by a mental health professional (designated by the OC Mental Health Services Director) submits a "Declaration in Support of Appointment of Temporary Conservatorship". This referral is sent to the Public Guardian's office where it will be reviewed. If the referral is accepted, it is then assigned to an investigating deputy who will do a thorough investigation by looking into the person's medical, psychiatric, social and financial records, as well as talking with relatives and friends.


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