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So it seems like you have been admitted to a psychiatric ward for a possible danger to one's self, which authorities can do under the law. The maximum they can hold is up to 72 hours.
But many places, if they are crowded and feel you are not a danger to yourself after 24-36 hours will release you before the maximum 72 hours
Now if they still feel you are suicidal or a danger to yourself through self-harm after the 72 hours, they can petition a judge to extend the hold for 21-30 days, but that rarely happens and it sounds like in your case that will most likely not happen at all.
Now even though they do not have a psychiatrist there, they can still legally involuntarily commit you for 72 hours starting from when they first admitted you. Usually it will take a psychiatrist, psychologist, or licensed social worker to release you though
No it will not start over at all. It starts from the moment they admit you into the ER and they put the "psychiatric hold" on you.
Usually they will transport you before the 72 hours, but if they still do not have a transport for you after 72 hours then legally they cannot hold you anymore, unless they get a court order from a judge (where you must have an advocate or lawyer present for you).
Some hospitals, especially rural ones, will try to hold you after the 72 hours because they do not have a transport and this is illegal and they have gotten sued for this on many occasions for violating your civil rights.
Another thing the hospital may do, will be to do an evaluation through a video or teleconference with a psychiatrist, psychologist, or licensed social worker
After 72 hours if they try to transport it is ILLEGAL.
I said before "after 72 hours then legally they CANNOT hold you anymore" That may be why you thought I said it was legal.
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