Public Defender Mental Health Office

For immediate assistance, please call (657) 251-6090 during regular business hours (Mon — Fri 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM)

Public Defender Mental Health Office

Mental Health

200 W. Santa Ana Blvd. Suite 970
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: (657) 251-6414
FAX: (714) 285-9880
Toll Free: (877) 494-7788

Supervising Attorney

Brian Waite, Assistant Public Defender


The Orange County Office of the Public Defender represents conservatees and proposed conservatees within Orange County’s probate conservatorship court, by appointment only.  Probate conservatorships consist of:

  • Limited Probate Conservatorships--conservatorships for developmentally disabled individuals, structured to allow for as much independence and growth as possible, and;

  • General Probate Conservatorships--a broader category of conservatorship, structured to assist individuals with disabilities stemming from traumatic injuries or medical conditions, natural cognitive decline from aging, as well as more severe cases of dementia and/or other neurological diseases or impairments;

In general, probate conservatorships are not appropriate for individuals suffering from mental illnesses (please see our Mental Health Advocacy section).  Please contact us at 714-568-4242 and ask to speak with an attorney from our office handling Probate Conservatorships or email us at

Frequently Asked Questions

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