29 thoughts on “[51/50] 72 Hour Evaluation, Do You Know Your Rights?

  • November 4, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    I thought that the term 5150 was only used in California. Is it something that applies nationwide?

    • November 5, 2010 at 11:13 am

      I was under the same thinking, but it sees like it is used in other states too. Not Florida, here we call it the Backer Act…

  • December 5, 2010 at 8:54 pm


  • December 5, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I had an outpatient appointment (no surgery) at a general hospital and was interviewed beforehand by a doctor since I’d been an inpatient there. (It had been my only hospitalization. A primary physician XX.XXXXXXXXXXXX recommended it to me as a way to efficiently try some meds and therapy to treat resistant major depression.) I said that I was still depressed and had been thinking about guns. I also said I did not have one and that it was too much trouble to get one. After the procedure I thought I was going home. Instead I was told I was staying, and I was taken to a locked ward. I had never heard of a 5150 and didn’t know what it did or should involve.

    Many on staff already knew who I was from stay a few weeks before so already knew I was not violent, cooperated with nurses, had hospital insurance, and so on. I was never offered voluntary admission. I was quoted on papers as saying I “planned to buy a gun.” Even though that was a misquote itself, it states intent with no means, which itself might fail a requirement (no pills/guns/whatever to harm myself)? After talking to another doctor the morning after I was admitted a report he filed repeated that I said I had no plan to do anything and promised not to harm myself. I was still kept on a locked ward on involuntary status for all of 72 hours.

    Even being unaware of my rights I’d asked more than once to be on an unlocked floor anyway after I’d clarified that I was not a danger to myself. I recall a nurse telling me “Well, we couldn’t do that! What if someone came to come into the ER?” I forgot to ask just why was that supposed to concern me? Or was that just like Blackout Dates and Frequent Flyer miles? No transfers from locked places to unlocked places during 72-hour commitments. No exceptions.

    Nothing I can do about things now. I’ve never pursued legal avenues; I have no standing, no reason for that. And all in all I know someone thought they might help, despite missing the mark. Nonetheless, what might I address that is outside sincere attempts at medical remedies. That is, acknowledgement of mistakes, perhaps in my record, compel XXXXXXXXXX hospital to look up occupancy at the time I was initially admitted – did they even have a bed at that moment that I was not offered voluntary admission? That’s not a good excuse, but I want to know. Why wasn’t I made voluntary after documenting my lack of intent? And other nits for my own edification.

    Thx for reading, and thx++ if you have any advice for me??

    *******I’d rather you did not post this pls on the web, at least not as is. I could resubmit something edited and updated later if you’d like.*****

    • December 6, 2010 at 2:56 pm

      12/06/2010 ADMIN: I Edited out commenter name. As a rule never post personal information. This blog will auto post comments so I might not always get a chance to see it right away. I think you touch on so many important topic that deserve to be discussed so I’ll leave the comment and just remove your personal info.

  • July 17, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    i took some pills and ended up at a hospital they sent me to a lock up ward on a 10-30 i take anti depressants for 5 or more years and they refuse to give me anything for over 30 hours.after a 72 hour hold must they release me?

  • June 19, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    I Am Originally From The State Of Iowa, Born In Illinois Originally, So Says My Mom. I Guess My Mom Would Know If I Was Originally Born In Illinois, Even Though I Consider Iowa To Be More My Original Home State, And Yes, I Have Been In Mental Hospitals Before, And I No Doubt Will Be In Mental Hospitals Again yikes! (I Really Hope I Am Not In Mental Hospitals Like I Have Been Before, And I Hope I Never End Up In Mental Hospitals Ever Again, But Whatever) I Am Age Fourty In Texas


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