Why can the Dr keep me another 14 days after my 72 hr hold is up?
Hello everyone. Today I’m going to answer the question what is an involuntary14 day hold. This is a follow up answer to my post about an involuntary 72-hour hold I realize that there are many opinions regarding involuntary holds. I’ve often heard from several of the patients that I work with how unfair it is to be held against their will for 72 hours. They continue to insist that they have done nothing wrong and want to go home. I’ve heard some people speak to the fact that government has no right whatsoever to be involved in any way in the lives of individual citizens.
I believe our government and society together have a duty and responsibility to protect those who cannot always protect themselves due to a mental illness. I’m not in any way speaking to a “big brother” sort of way. I am a very staunch believer in individual privacy. I’m talking about government and society coming together in a way that will help those with a mental illness get treatment and save lives.
Now that brings us to what an involuntary and even at times, a voluntary 14-day hold. Sometimes those who have been on a 72-hour hold need extended treatment and are not yet ready to be discharged by the psychiatrist.
I researched several states and while some of the minor details were different, the basic principle and process were very similar. I found the states of Texas, Michigan and California to have very similar protocols.
After a patient has been in the hospital for 72 hours there are a few different things that can happen. If the patient is stable they will be discharged with discharge planning for follow up
Obviously the very wise forefathers of our country thought so as well. A very brief yet significant excerpt from the Preamble to the United States Constitution speaks to that responsibility,
We the people … promote the general Welfare … for the United States of America.