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LPS Expert Consulting

Maybe the system is treating your mentally ill loved one like a criminal.

Maybe it's treating them like they're a little down instead of critically ill.

Or maybe it's not treating them at all.

You’ll know when to call. 

When your loved one’s daily life is out of control. 

When they stop caring for themselves and refuse to accept care from others.

When they accept your help but require so much that your own life becomes unmanageable. 

When they’ve left home with no plan for self-care, or an unsafe plan, or an impossible plan. 

When you can no longer locate them but you know they’re not OK.

When you believe their lack of treatment is an injustice and a violation of their rights.

Take advantage of your free 30 minute call to learn whether your loved one likely meets criteria for involuntary psychiatric treatment.

There are a few main reasons for law enforcement and mental health professionals to prevent your loved one from receiving the treatment they require. True, it's often the case that they simply can't access the information they need, when they need it. But some folks never learned the laws they are obliged to enforce or implement. Some learned those laws only partially or decided to interpret them in creative and convenient ways. Sometimes facilities won't make the time to learn enough about your loved one to provide the level and duration of treatment they merit and require, while other times they must discontinue treatment prematurely because the insurance company won't pay for enough of it. Some are so fatigued from years of contending with our drastic shortage of beds for acute stabilization, long-term rehabilitation, and licensed board-and-care placement that they often don't believe it's worth pursuing these. And a lot of people will agree that your loved one deserves better, but they'll say it's someone else's responsibility.

If I don't believe your loved one meets criteria for involuntary psychiatric treatment, I'll say so. No one should experience a moment of restricted rights and unwanted medical care if they are not gravely disabled (or dangerous to themselves or others). If they do meet criteria, we'll talk about how much involuntary treatment, thoughtfully planned and utilized to its fullest potential, is likely to be necessary. I'll teach you how to identify, combine, and articulate the information you'll need to combat those reasons for insufficient action described above. I'll share examples of documentation I've created and presented to police, PERT, ER psych liaisons, and BHU treatment teams in the past to achieve desired outcomes and coach you to create your own versions. If particularly complex communications are required, we can discuss the possibility of my composing them for you.

I can't guarantee specific results within specific timeframes. What I can guarantee is that no one operating in good faith can disagree with the arguments we create, because those arguments will be the same ones I've personally utilized many hundreds of times in certification and LPS conservatorship hearings to obtain court orders for involuntary treatment. A lot of professionals see and hear what happens on the street and in hospitals. Very few know what that all really means in court, and virtually none know it from first-hand experience. I will give you that advantage.


$250 per hour

The first 30 minutes of your initial call are free of charge.

Green Succulent Plant

 “Joseph persisted and was determined to get (our daughter) the help she needed in spite of the many obstacles in his path… (He) was extremely responsive, professional, and dedicated to helping (her). He not only did the required court work in an outstanding manner, he also was thorough in seeing that the foundation was laid for appropriate aftercare… In my mind, he is a miracle worker. I truly believe that it is only through his efforts that (our daughter) is finally obtaining the help she needs.”  -- C.P., client, letter to Board of Supervisors, San Diego County

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