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A person eighteen years of age or older may be ordered by the court to comply with mental health treatment. If ordered to treatment, the person may be ordered to inpatient treatment at a hospital. See link for AZ statute" http://law.justia.com/codes/arizona/2011/title36/section36-524/
Since she has been determined that she tried to commit suicide, there is not much you can do. The court will most likely grant an order since the physician has likely determined that she is a harm to herself and can be held as an involuntary commitment. You could file for a writ of habeas corpus which means that she is not being lawfully held but you are very unlikely to prevail on this. In all reality there is not much you can do accept to let her know that cooperating with the mental health care will get her out of detention sooner. I am very familiar with this process and have been involved in it for over 6 years. Once the court orders teh commitment, it will be up to her doctor for when she is released.
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Yes, the hospital has to initiate the petition and then the court will order the stay. It sounds like this process has been started but you need to confirm that. The statute gives the counselor the power to initiate the process: http://law.justia.com/codes/arizona/2011/title36/section36-520/
"Any responsible individual may apply for a court-ordered evaluation of a person who is alleged to be, as a result of a mental disorder, a danger to self or to others, persistently or acutely disabled, or gravely disabled and who is unwilling or unable to undergo a voluntary evaluation."
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