AttorneyPhillips, Thank you very much for your detailed and prompt response. I would like to clarify 2 things:
1) What is a certificate?
Response 1: It is a document signed by a physician, qualified examiner, psychiatrist, or clinical psychologist which states that the patient is subject to involuntary admission on an inpatient basis and requires immediate hospitalization.
Is it something I can request a copy of?
Response 2: No.
Is there any way they can "fudge" the date and time it was issued?
Response 3: No.
2) What means does the psychiatrist have to use to decide if the patient is in danger of harming himself or others? Is there some kind of standard test they are given, or is it subjective? The psychologist basically came in and told her she was not going home. Didn't really ask any questions or anything - had basically already made the decision.
Response 4: The psychiatrist has to use the standard and established medical procedures for evaluating mental patients. Since, I am not a Psychiatrist, I am not privy to actual procedures.