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How do child pyschiatry wards work? who commits you?can a teen check out without permission?

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Dr. Alan Ali answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Psych.: Your guardian has authority, and you cannot sign out before age 18 , or if court ordered to stay.

Answered 10/3/2016

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Depends: It depends on the state and the laws in that state. It also depends on the teen's age and whether he or she is emancipated. In general, a teen is in the psychiatric hospital via consent from their parent. In most states, there are mechanisms in place to have anyone committed by a court for a limited period of time (48-96 hours) in order to determine if the person poses a risk for safety.

Answered 5/7/2016

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No: If the patient under age he can't check out without parental agreement. If a patient is at risk of harming himself or other any one can commit him.

Answered 9/9/2019

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State laws matter.: These answers are confusing because state laws and county regulations are in play. So please check with an inpatient psychiatrist in your region. In california, someone under 18 can request a specific type of judicial review to shorten involuntary inpatient stay.

Answered 10/3/2016

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Dr. Lincoln Bickford answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Based on state law: Specific laws vary state-to-state. In most states, parental consent is required to admit or discharge children and teenagers (except in some cases 2 or more doctors can decide a child is in danger and involuntarily commit them). In some uncommon cases teenagers (usually 16+) can sign-in or out themselves.

Answered 4/19/2014

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