Public Conservator

About the Public Conservator’s Office

The Public Conservator’s Office (Public Conservator) investigates referrals for Lanterman-Petris Short (LPS) conservatorships to arrange placement and mental health treatment for adults:

  • Who are gravely disabled – meaning they are unable or unwilling to provide for basic food, shelter, and clothing needs – due to a mental health condition and are incapable of accepting voluntary treatment, and
  • Whose family or others are not able and willing to meet these personal needs. 

Licensed Mental Health Clinicians assess and make recommendations to the Court regarding the appropriateness of a temporary and/or permanent LPS conservatorship. These Licensed Mental Health Clinicians also perform clinical investigations and make recommendations to the Superior Court on a variety of issues that relate to conservatees.

Contacting the Public Conservator

Duty workers are available by telephone to provide information and referrals to the community. They can be reached Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, by calling (858) 694-3500, press 2.

You can also send an email for more information.

The Office of the Public Conservator is located at:

County Operations Center
5560 Overland Ave, Suite 130
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: 858-694-3500
Fax: 858-799-0801

Reestablish Private Conservatorship

To continue private conservatorship beyond the expiration date, you must complete the packet.  Click here to download a copy of the packet and instructions.