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Recently my mother was admitted to a mental health hospital.

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Hello, recently my mother was admitted to a mental health hospital. She is under the 5150 hold at the moment which will end on Tuesday. I'm worried she will be put under the 5250 hold seeing as the hospital has a reputation of doing this and I don't think they have done a proper evaluation. Would I need legal help in order to have her released after the 5150 hold is over? I want to plan ahead

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Lawyer: Zoey, JD, Attorney replied 7 months ago

Yes. If she is going to be retained past the evaluation period on 5250 status there should be a hearing. She is entitled to an attorney to contest the findings of the evaluation and try to get her released. You should line one up as soon as possible. If you're not sure how to find an attorney who has experience in California's mental health law, contact the California Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service and they can find one for you. They charge a fee of about $50 for the referral which inludes a free half hour consultation with the attorney.

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