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My 14 year of daughter went to an appointment at Kaiser today

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My 14 year of daughter went to an appointment at Kaiser today to see a psychiatrist, to get put on medication for anxiety. He mentioned that she had thought of suicide, in the past, but never attempted. The doctor called her 5150, placed a guard on her and had her transported to a facility. We did sign anything and now she is on a 72 watch in a facility. Was this legal? Can we get her out sooner? She is a timid girl and we want her home. HELP
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Olivia Kent replied 1 year ago.
Hello. My name is ***** ***** I'm an attorney. I'm so sorry for you and your family. She must frankly be terrified in there. Unfortunately once someone is on a psych hold the only way to really get them out prior to the 72 hours is to convince the physician(s) that would be in her best interests.
Expert:  Olivia Kent replied 1 year ago.
I know it probably doesn't make you feel any better, but psychiatric holds are used only when they are only absolutely necessary – when someone states that they are actively thinking of suicide. Hypothetical past thoughts about suicide will not get someone put on psychiatric hold.