Inpatient Legal Limits

Discussion in 'Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings' started by QuadLazer, Jun 12, 2011.

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  1. QuadLazer

    QuadLazer Well-Known Member

    Hello everyone, this topic is information only.

    I am curious as to how long a hospital can hold a suicidal patient against their will in the state of Kentucky, ESPECIALLY if the patient does not have any type of medical coverage. let's say the intake occurs three months after an attempt.

    I have read 72 hours, or 3 days, is the legal limits- especially if the patient tells the staff verbally that they are not suicidal (even if they really are), but other resources say that it is up to the doctor as to how long the patient is held. The second resource doesn't sound too believable, as I'm pretty sure the costs to keep a patient, even a day, at a psychiatric facility is pretty outrageous, and most state governments don't want it on their dime.
  2. jxdama

    jxdama Staff Member Safety & Support

    thats why i dont seek help. cant afford it.
  3. DawnB

    DawnB Well-Known Member

    What jxdama said.

    I wanted to say that there may be program to pay for your stay there, but if not, I really don't know what else to say. :(
  4. aoeu

    aoeu Well-Known Member

    If they believe you are a danger to yourself or others they can hold you indefinitely. It's cheaper to have you in a psych ward than either an ER or a prison.

    72 hour observations are typical, however, but not the legal limit.
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