Need help committing a family member

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    I know this might be a sour subject but I would like any help getting proper help for my sister. She needs committed. My parents cannot care for her any longer in there home and I fear for them. Today my sister called the cops on my parents for physical abuse, which is a lie.....The cops know all about my BiPolar sister as they have been called before...one time by me, when my BiPolar sister refused to come willingly after threatening suicide for the 3rd time with me to my ER where I work.

    Note: She recently had a med change. (about the 7th time meds have been changed since her diagnosis 4 years ago)

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    Hi,
    The only advice I can offer is to take her to the ED.
    Good luck.
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    I wish I had something to impart.

    My sister has schizophrenia, has had for 35 years now.

    I'm sorry you and your family and your sister are going through this.
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    I'm sorry for your situation, and sincerely hope you are able to get help for your sister, for the sake of your entire family.

    We have a bi-polar family member, and when he needed (but refused) treatment, the local police became our best friends and advocates. He was creating disturbances all over town, so they were well aware of his condition. When his behavior reached the point of being "a threat to self and/or others", the cops helped us to get him to the ER. They also provided testimony before the judge in his commitment hearing. We desperately needed their objective testimony of his escalating behavior to convince the judge to force him into treatment, since this family member was good at "behaving" in front of influential people.

    It was probably to our advantage that this took place in a small town where he was well-known to the police force. In a big city where a different cop responds to every call, it might not work so well.

    Take care.
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    Quote from Jolie
    I'm sorry for your situation, and sincerely hope you are able to get help for your sister, for the sake of your entire family.

    We have a bi-polar family member, and when he needed (but refused) treatment, the local police became our best friends and advocates. He was creating disturbances all over town, so they were well aware of his condition. When his behavior reached the point of being "a threat to self and/or others", the cops helped us to get him to the ER. They also provided testimony before the judge in his commitment hearing. We desperately needed their objective testimony of his escalating behavior to convince the judge to force him into treatment, since this family member was good at "behaving" in front of influential people.

    It was probably to our advantage that this took place in a small town where he was well-known to the police force. In a big city where a different cop responds to every call, it might not work so well.

    Take care.
    How did you go about committing him? Who did you contact first?
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    There was an incident at a local business. The manager called a family member to come intervene. The family member then called the police and asked that they meet her at the business. The cops agreed to try and talk him into going voluntarily to the ER, but would have taken him forcibly, if needed. He ended up going without force. The cops hung around until he was safely admitted to psych.
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    Is there a mental health facility near you that you can call? In my crisis stabilization unit, we frequently get triage calls. We either refer them to our admissions social workers who conduct further assessments or to the ED on weekends/nights, where the RNs do the assessing. My heart is with you ... keep us posted ....
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    i don't know where you live, but many states have programs where if the patient is either a harm to themselves or others, they can be involuntarily committed and evaluated for atleast 72 hours, then a psychiatrist will evaluate and see if she needs further treatment, longer stay, etc, and will also keep her safe in a psych facility or hospital until she is medicated and has had some therapy sessions.

    in florida, it is called the baker act, and anyone can call a concern and an MD can initiate it, and we used it in the ED alllllll the time. i know other states have similar laws. especially if you work in the ER.... someone there should be able to help you with crisis intervention.

    i wish you and your family the best. <3
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    i think how you go about it is dependent on the state you live in, also the age of your sibling.Probably calling a crisis or psych unit, or ED would be a good start. Especially if she is in immediate danger to herself or others.
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    Alittle bit of background:
    3 years ago her husband left her and at that time she lived nealy 5 hours way. During a phone conversation late one night with me she threatened suicide. I pleaded with her to call 911 and go to the nearest ER. We got in an argument on the phone and she hung up on me. Refusing to answer her phone. I called 911 from my home 5 hours away. They took her to a hospital ER where she was then admitted to there MICU after 75 pill OD, then transferred to the CCU due to increased potassium levels. I drove down that early morning to the hospital where she was admitted and basically had to beg them to admit her to the psych unit. (She had manipulated them and they were going to dischage her) Knowing I couldn't obviously stay in her town forever, and she was alone there.....I forced her to pack as many clothes as she could and drove her to my home town where my parents sill reside) My sister was 37 @ the time. Since that time she has been living with my parents, has divorced from her husband. Has been unemployed and attemtping to obtain SS bennifits to no avail. She did obtain a good paying job but was fired before her 6 months probation. (She has a hx of losing jobs) Since she has resided with my parents....episodes of drunkness, manipulation, poor behavior, bad decisions seem to wield it's ugly head every 3-5 months. Her license has been taken away due to a DUI and uncooperative behavior with the police. At what I call "Drunk School" she was kicked out because she threw a fit about wanting to take more than one of her prescribed meds for anxiety and the nurses refused so they called my parents to come and get her. She had to repeat the school at later date. She is out of control.....and now there is another issue going on that I will speak later about once I get more details later today. I know I can take her to the ER...I have done it before. I guess my question is....How do my parents get her committed for more than a 24-72 hold in some psych unit? She needs to go somewhere long term. Right now since she is not working and has no insurance, the hopitals aren't going to keep her.....you guys know this, I know this. How can my parents can legal documentation to deem her incompetent I guess is my question...because at this point they can't force her to do anything.
    PS: Thankyou for all the advice


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