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Unfortunately, there is no CO law mandating any hospital have or maintain a psychiatric ward. Thus, where a hospital does not maintain such a ward, if a patient presents themselves showing a potential danger to themselves or others, then legally they can place the person on a mental health hold to move them to a facility for proper evaluation. It is not illegal and patients who have possible mental health issues would have to go to a hospital that does have proper facilities for mental health care.
The only way to advocate for this is a public campaign to get the hospital to open a mental health facility and embarrass them into doing so, as there are no CO laws mandating they have one any more than having any other type of specialty unit. A hospital has a legal duty to only provide emergency life saving care, but beyond that there are no laws stating what a hospital must provide care for.
The CO involuntary commitment law provides when a person can be involuntarily committed for evaluation for up to 72 hours without any warrant or court order or legal representation
. To change this you would have to get the legislature to change the law I am afraid.
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