Become an L.P.S. Evaluator for L.A. Downtown Medical Center!

Lanterman-Petris-Short (L.P.S.) evaluators perform assessments on clients who may be experiencing psychiatric crises. L.P.S. evaluators have authority to write a petition for admission for a 72-hour hold or “5150” if clients are found to meet the following criteria: clients are a danger to self, another, or if the clients are gravely disabled.

  • A licensed vocational nurse (L.V.N.) may only write a 72-hour petition for admission in the outpatient setting, for example, the urgent care center or outpatient groups.
  • A registered nurse (R.N.) and a licensed psychiatric technician (L.P.T.) may write a 72-hour petition for admission in the inpatient setting, outpatient setting, or in the community.

Step 1: Get an NPI Number
Sign up for an NPI (National Provider Identifier) number, use the hospital’s contact information.

Step 2: Register with the L.A. County Department of Mental Health

Step 3: Notify Hospital Administration

Notify Hospital Administration that you’d like to become an L.P.S. (Lanterman-Petris-Short) evaluator for the hospital.

Step 4: Contact Medical Staff Office

Contact our Medical Staff Office at the Downtown Campus to register with our hospital. Complete the necessary documents. (Click the link for “Request Account” at the bottom of the page.)
Office telephone: (213) 989-6129

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