As it is the weekend, I can't get any solid information regarding her time in detention or related issues. This was, to me, clearly a cry for help as she texted what she had done. Unfortunately, I was at work and didn't look at my phone, but someone else did and the police found her. In short, a big crisis, fight with her best friend over it, etc.. But, the acute circumstances have passed and she would be better off seeing a good therapist than in a dank state facility with very disturbed patients around. We are professionals, live in an up-scale suburb, etc.. -- life issues aren't at the center of this. However, for years, I've been trying to get her to see a therapist and she has life-long emotional issues and her tendency to catastrophize instigated this act. Anyhow, she was brought to the ER, stabilized, evaluated, brought to an in-patient facility. Those of you who have gone through this might be able to help me. First, her duration of required detention is state law, so that I can get. But, here are a few questions: 1) does the detention time begin when the police brought her to the ER, when she was evaluated (and an order was signed) or when she arrived at the facility (nearly 20hrs between the 3)? I couldn't find a statute that explains this, so maybe there is a common practice standard. 2) unless there is a court order to keep her longer, my understanding is that she will be free to leave after the hours are up. So, say at 9pm Wednesday the hours are up and the facility has not gotten a court order. Can they legally detain her still? Would they be in violation of the law if they used force to detain her still? Those of you who have been detained in such circumstances, can you tell me about the release? Thanks.