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My wife checked herself into an inpatient mental health

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My wife checked herself into an inpatient mental health facility but then decided that she does not wish to stay. She is not being allowed to leave, and legal obligation to keep her is being cited. What recourse do we have to get her out today?

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Olivia Kent
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The way it works is that after someone voluntarily checks them in they can generally check themselves out unless the physician evaluating them determines that they should be held for further evaluation under a 72 hour hold - whether b/c they're a danger to themselves or to others and that's what seems to be the case with your wife.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
No physician has evaluated her.
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