Bill, thanks so much for your quick response!
Just to be sure that I have understood you correctly, could you please clarify for me the following :
1) Does the other person who signs the papers with me have to be a relative (immediate or otherwise), and
2) You made reference to both "involuntary commitment" AND "involuntary examination". - I want to be sure I have this right;
Do we first sign papers petitioning the court for "Involuntary Examination", where she will be taken to a facility and held for an initial standard 72 hour observation/evaluation period, following which the facility or the court will make a decision on whether or not to 'commit' her to Long-term facility care? Or can we, as witnesses to her dangerous behavior and state of mental health, achieve the much needed result of "Commitment" (Long-term) without her undergoing an 'Observation Period'?
I realize that I may sound like I'm pushing for a Long-term commitment here, with no other solution acceptable - I assure you that is NOT the case. Rather, I know well from previous experience that if given that 72 hour period of 'observation' she will tell the Doctors and other staff members exactly what she knows she needs to say to get herself discharged after that 72 hours. She has been successful in doing that several times; she is an EXPERT at manipulation. She panics
over being unable to leave at will, and instead of focusing on getting the treatment she desperately needs, her focus becomes going home.
Bill, what I need to know is, is there a way to get around that 'observation /evaluation', (such as maybe bringing in her previous records when we go to sign the papers, or making a formal statement of events/occurrences along with the papers)?
I'm just going to be totally honest with you. I'm very frightened that if she gets released after the 72 hours, she will either run away from home and no one will be able to find her, or be so enraged as to harm herself or someone else in the family.