Yuba County Vision
To create a golden future for Yuba County by
inspiring a community of participation, embracing our unique history and
discovering the wealth of our untapped potential.
Statement of Commitment:
The Public Guardian Department commits to the trust, safety and
well being of our client population by providing the highest level of
service, ensuring individual need, sustaining functional resources and
preserving quality of life for the citizens of Yuba County.
Under the jurisdiction of the Superior Court, the Yuba
County Public Guardian/Conservator provides conservatorship
services for the elderly and individuals with disabilities within the
community. Services provided include, but are not limited to, case
management, placement, estate administration, court appearance and
reporting responsibilities, management of mental and physical health
services and safeguarding real and personal property.
Conservatorship appointments include:
Conservator of the Person:
Arranging and managing the care and protection of the individual
Conservator of the Estate:
Managing the client's finances, taking control of assets, applying
for eligible income and benefits, paying bills, investing money and
Types of conservatorships:
The conservator is given legal responsibility
by the Superior Court for the living arrangements, property, finances
and medical treatment of the conservatee. A conservatorship is necessary
if the proposed conservatee is gravely disabled, subject to undue
influence and fraud, or unable to manage their own affairs, resulting in
their inability to provide for their own food, clothing and shelter.
Conservatorships are of the two most
Probate: A Conservator can be appointed by the
Superior Court if an individual is substantially unable to provide for
personal needs to health, food, clothing or shelter and/or unable to
manage financial resources or resist fraud (a legal determination).
(Probate Code 1801)
LPS: A Conservatorship can be established under the
Lanterman-Petris-Short Act (LPS) by the determination of a psychiatrist
or psychologist if an individual is gravely disabled and unable to
provide for food, shelter and clothing due to mental illness or chronic
alcoholism (a medical determination). (Welf & Inst Code Sec. 5350)
The department functions primarily by referral. Referrals are
received from other agencies such as the Yuba County’s Adult Protective
Services and Sutter-Yuba Mental Health. In addition, referrals are
submitted by medical professionals within the community.