CHA News Article

New Law Aims to Protect Conservatees’ Rights
Hospitals advised to review conservatorship orders

Gov. Brown has signed AB 1085 (Gatto, D-Glendale), which allows a court to grant a conservator the power to enforce a conservatee’s right to receive visitors, telephone calls and personal mail. The bill also allows the court to direct a conservator to allow specific visitors, telephone calls and personal mail. This bill was introduced as a result of a highly-publicized situation in which radio host Casey Kasem’s second wife allegedly prevented daughters with his first wife from visiting him. The law also requires a conservator to inform certain persons, and an agent under a power of attorney for health care to inform any individuals identified by the patient, of the patient’s death. Hospitals should always get a copy of conservatorship orders for conserved patients and read them to fully understand the authority of the conservator and any limitations. The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2016.