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Today I talk about 5150 - Involuntary Psychiatric Hold & patient rights.
Know that I will do more videos on this, because I have heard from many of you that this is something you are concerned about. Today’s video is focused on what rights we have when placed on a 72 hour hold, or a 5150. Since I am not a lawyer and only know what I have to do as a therapist, I had to do some research. Now we know that there are requirements for a therapist being able to place you on a hold, but in case you forgot there are three reasons: 1) you are a danger to yourself 2) you are a danger to someone else 3) you are gravely disabled (this means that you are unable to take care of yourself). This could be an inability to keep up hygiene, pay bills, feed yourself etc.
If you find yourself struggling with any of those, you may either take yourself to the hospital or be placed in their by a professional. Once in there you do have the right to appeal the decision. This means that you don’t believe you are a danger to yourself or others or gravely disabled. You can file a writ of habeas corpus which pretty much means you are contesting the hold. However, the ability to actually file this has to be approved by the public defender and it can take 2 days or so to even file it, so they usually decide not to. But you do have the right to contest the hold.
I know it’s scary to go into the hospital, but just know that if you are placed there it is done with your best interest in mind. As a professional, I know that I only place my clients on holds when I worry for their safety. I feel that it is my job to keep them safe, and if that means I have to place them in the hospital I will. It is not something that should be taken lightly, but if you feel you may harm yourself or someone else, please take yourself to the hospital or call 911. I hope you found this video helpful, and know that I will be doing more of these in the future. xox
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