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June Education Meeting

Understanding LPS Conservatorships

Date:  Thursday, June 21, 2018

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Location: St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 2775 Carlsbad Boulevard, Carlsbad

Speaker:  Joseph De Vico, MFT, Office of the Public Conservator


Joseph De Vico, MFT received a BA in Composition Theory at UCSD because he wanted to be a novelist and a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy at USIU because he thought it might pay the rent. While he became a psychotherapist by license, he learned very early on – joyfully that he is a social worker at heart. Joseph has been working with the severely mentally ill in San Diego County for 20 years, during which time his efforts have been driven by profound respect and admiration for the strength, patience, and character of these most vulnerable and underserved individuals as well as their families. Joseph is the only mental health professional in the County to have worked in every major setting wherein clients receive involuntary psychiatric service: as an intensive case manager, in both acute-care and long-term psychiatric hospitals, and for the past seven years as an LPS investigator in the Office of the Public Conservator.
In the process of establishing LPS Conservatorships and facilitating the collaboration of service providers across disciplines to ensure that Conservatees’ basic needs are met and their dignity honored, Joseph has come to understand the primary importance of an unofficial role to which he has increasingly found himself dedicated: educating and working with the families and service providers of chronically-underserved severely mentally ill individuals so that they can confidently and powerfully engage with the local behavioral health system to finally obtain the treatment and resources they require for health, well-being, and enriched quality of life. When he’s not working, Joseph marvels at his grown sons, rides a road bike, hangs out with homeless people on the sidewalk, and takes notes for that novel.

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