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
Register and complete the online training.
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.