Thank you for your follow up.
I have further researched this issue and unfortunately, it appear that 27.65 Title 27, Article 65, of the Colorado Revised Statutes clearly states that for a 72 hour hold, the person does not have the right to appear in court or have legal representation or for a court hearing to be held in order for the judge to sign such order and the orders are issued ex parte (without the person being committed or his/her legal counsel being present at the court hearing).
So, given the law, it would appear that there is not much that can be done when it comes to an adult patient, aside from hiring an experienced local attorney and this local attorney under the law should be given visitation with the patient at any time.
Once 72 hour hold is over, then in most cases 3 things can happen and they are as follows:
1) Patient is released
2) Patient converts to volunteer admission
3) Hospital files a petition for a 90 day hold and the patient and his/her legal counsel will have the right to a court hearing and to be present in court when the matter is decided.
I wish you the best of luck!