Thank you for your question. Please permit me to assist you with your concerns.Oh, good grief. I am so very sorry to hear that your friend is in this situation. The answer I am about to tell you is likely not going to be favorable, so I ask you to not blame the proverbial messenger.What this is called is 'involuntary commitment'. Arizona has a law that permits individuals to be involuntarily committed based on doctor diagnosis for up to 72 hours. After 72 hours (or rather within that period), a hearing has to be held that would evaluate the mental health of the person and see if the commitment has to be extended, or the person can be released. All expenses during that time are still charged to the individual.In this situation if she was held for 5 days, she MUST obtain her medical records and see if a hearing was held. If not, she can claim that she was held without cause, making it a case for medical battery and for false imprisonment. Then she could potentially have a cause of action for damages against the facility. But if there is a hearing, then she would be liable for the costs.Good luck.
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