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It's gonna depend on where you live. Each state in the US has its own laws about forcing people to get psychiatric treatment. Usually a general power of attorney won't help with this; here in the northwest where I practice, you need a full guardianship of a person in order to sign them into a psych hospital or make treatment decisions for them. If you want to tell me where you live I can probably get you some contact numbers of professionals who know the system in your area. Take care.
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I spoke to the local department in your area. Here's what they told me. You can contact the Adult Crisis team to explain in deatil your what's going on with your daughter to see how they can help.
In general, I was told they can only evaluate her if you can get her to the local ER. You can double check with them if they have a mobile crisis team (people to come out and meet her at home).
Otherwise, the only way to force her to get help is utilizing the police; I know that's not ideal, but that's how many states operate. You could explain everything to the police...they can then go do a welfare check on her. I know when I worked in Pennsylvania & Georgia, police were very willing to force patients in for treatment. Here in Washington & Idaho, they are not so willing...in other words, if a person lies to them and denies all the symptoms they get left alone. I'm not sure about Colorado...so ask the adult crisis worker you speak to. They can help. Make sure to tell them you have power of attorney to see if that will help you.
The final resort if none of this works is talking to a local lawyer about getting a full guardisnship. I hope this was helpful. Please let me know if you need other info. Good luck & take care.
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