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I'm very glad she's doing better. This is wonderful news. I've worked with the psychiatrists at the big psychiatric hospital in my city on a few cases and I've conferred with staff psychiatrists at other smaller psychiatric hospitals as well. I sincerely XXXXX XXXXX following to be the case in all the psychiatric wards and hospitals:
The doctors there have no interest in keeping patients in the hospital longer than what is required. First, most psychiatric wards and hospitals are so busy that they don't have time to keep patients longer than the minimum required. Second, the treatment philosophy today is to minimize inpatient care and to create a treatment plan for outpatient maintenance and improvement.
So, if her condition is improved, meaning: if she is no longer actively suicidal and her mental status is in a functional range, and her mood is stable, and her affect is good, then they will want her to go home as much as she does.
I don't know specific Georgia law but in many states, California for example, there is a required 14 day hold if the patient is still actively suicidal that the doctors will use. Most states require hospital staff psychiatrists not to release a patient who is actively suicidal even if the 72 hours has passed even if there is no set "next stage" number of days like California.
But again, this is mandated by the state. Doctors want patients to go home. So, if she is doing better and is talking in more stable ways, then she should be coming home soon.
Okay, I wish you the very best!
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