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“Just living is not enough.  One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” – Hans Christian Anderson First Person +178:23 This story is true.  Everything happened.  To me.  All the events listed occurred.  All the opinions about them are my own. Institutional mental health is a mess.  There is no better way, no softer, […]

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If the person is not a danger to him or her self or others, the person cannot be held if there are responsible family members, friends, or others who are voluntarily willing and able to care for the person. – Description of the limitations on issuing a 5250 Involuntary Psychiatric Hold under the category “Gravely […]

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Section 5250 is a section of the California Welfare and Institutions Code (specifically, the Lanterman–Petris–Short Act or “LPS”) which allows a qualified officer or clinician to involuntarily confine a person deemed to have certain mental disorders for up to 14 days, following being involuntarily held for 72 hours under a Section 5150 hold. The hold […]

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Psychosis is an abnormal condition of the mind that involves a “loss of contact with reality”. People experiencing psychosis may exhibit personality changes and thought disorder. Depending on its severity, this may be accompanied by unusual or bizarre behavior, as well as difficulty with social interaction and impairment in carrying out daily life activities. Depression […]

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“Our treatments are designed to allow our patients to move toward a more independent future.” – from the facility mission statement The Ward +19:15 From the back of the ambulance, the building looked dark and forbidding.  Ground floor windows were all treated with tinted, reflective glass, and there was no sign anywhere near the sliding […]

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Section 5150 is a section of the California Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) (in particular, the Lanterman–Petris–Short Act or “LPS”) which authorizes a qualified officer or clinician to involuntarily confine a person suspected to have a mental disorder that makes them a danger to themselves, a danger to others, and/or gravely disabled. A qualified officer, […]

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