More Californians can be placed in conservatorships after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 43 Oct. 10. The bill expands the qualifications for people to be placed in conservatorships, and loosens rules around hearsay evidence.
Now, a person who is unable to care for their personal safety or necessary medical care because of a severe substance abuse disorder, including alcoholism, will be found qualified to be placed in a conservatorship.
Previously, only people with mental health disorders were found qualified to be placed in conservatorships, and only if that disorder made them unable to provide for food, clothing or shelter.
“SB 43 maintains the strong due process protections provided