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My son is 17 and requires in patient treatment for anorexia

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My son is 17 and requires in patient treatment for anorexia and depression. The facility that is closest to us (in MA) is a voluntary program.   His condition is severe and he's been hospitalized 3 times in the past year. A few months ago he was admitted to this program but refused to stay and walked out. I was told there was nothing I could do given that it is a voluntary program, except petition with the court to obtain a court ordered legal guardianship. How do I do that?
Thanks for your question. You can certainly do this here. You can apply pro se if you want to try this wihtout a lawyer. ther are real good court apporved forms for doing do. I am giving you a web page below with forms.

Just scroll down a a ways here past the probate to guardianship on the bottom. you are lookg for NHJB-2165-P here. Ther are also orders and other useful forms for completing the process. You file here an then the court will instruct about setting a hearing on your motion and signing the order that you need. I wish you good luck here and sympathy for this situation. I know that this must be a lot of strain on you.

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