What is the LPS Act?
What is the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act?
Prior to 1967, California’s mental health system looked very different than it
does now. Many more individuals with mental health disabilities lived in
state hospitals and large facilities, often for long periods of their life. Then
California passed the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act (Welfare and Institutions
Code Sections 5000 et seq). Named after its authors, State Assemblyman
Frank Lanterman and California State Senators Nicholas C. Petris and Alan
Short, the LPS Act sought to, “end the inappropriate, indefinite, and
involuntary commitment of persons with mental health disorders.” It also
established a right to prompt psychiatric evaluation and treatment, in some
situations, and set out strict due process protections for mental health
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