Providing Conservatee Assistance

Sample Letter

Facility
First Name, Last Name
Address
City, State, Zip

Dear (Name),

Hope things are going well in your life. Our office was recently notified you have a hearing coming up on (Hearing Date) JoAnn and I want you to know we are available for any assistance or questions you may have regarding your hearing. The public defender will be representing you in court but we want you to know we are another resource for you. Call our office at (Address) and please leave a message on our machine if we are unavailable and we will call you back.

Please find the enclosed two forms which might come in helpful when requesting a less restrictive placement or contesting conservatorship. The mental health laws of the state of California state that an individual who is determined to be unable to provide for his/her basic personal needs for food, clothing or shelter due to a mental disability may be placed on a mental health conservatorship. It is important that you spend time thinking of ways in which you will provide food, clothing and shelter for yourself if you are contesting conservatorship. Also if you are wanting off conservatorship it would be extremely helpful to know whether or not you have met your treatment goals. If you are not contesting conservatorship but just want to move to a less restrictive placement then put some energy into thinking of why a different setting would better serve your needs.

Also you will find a release of information to fill out if you choose to have our office assist you.

Sincerely,


ISSUES TO ADDRESS WHEN REQUESTING
A LESS RESTRICTIVE PLACEMENT

1. Have you met your treatment goals?

Yes

No

2. If you haven't met all you goals why not?

 

 

3. If you don't feel this facility is helpful any longer, why not?

 

 

4. What have you gained from being at this facility?

 

 

5. Reasons you believe this facility is too restrictive?

 

 

6. Type of facility/home you feel would better serve your needs and why?

 

 

7. How will you take care of your food, clothing and income in this new location?

 

 

8. Will you ask mental health for help if you need it?

 

 

Please list any other information which might be helpful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLEASE WRITE AS CLEARLY AS POSSIBLE


ISSUES TO ADDRESS WHEN CONTESTING CONSERVATORSHIP

1.

Your perspective on your alleged disorder (circle one)

 

- I never had a problem, they made a mistake.

 

- I had a problem, but I am better now.

2.

Your perspective on your alleged grave disability. How to you plan to provide for:

 

Food

 

Clothing

 

Shelter

 

Income

3.

Your attitude toward future mental health treatment (circle one)

 

I don't need it.

 

I need some support to maintain myself, and I'll voluntarily seek it.

 

If I feel I need it I'll get help.

4.

Other information you feel would be helpful to a Public Defender.

 

 

Name

County


PLAN OF ACTION FOR ESTABLISHING
THAT YOU ARE NOT "GRAVELY DISABLED"

1.

What is your source of income?

2.

Where will you live?

3.

How or where will you eat?

4.

How or where will you obtain your clothing?

5.

Do you have any friends, family, church, clubs or organizations who will help you?

6.

Do you have any support groups that you will be attending?

7.

Do you plan to continue participating in Mental Health outpatient services?

8.

How will you provide your transportation?