This is consumer advice. This is very expensive treatment and if you don't believe it is going to make your child better, you don't have to agree and you can fight the 5250. It certainly is very possible this treatment could make the situation much worse. It has for lots and lots and lots of people. You don't leave a mental hospital magically fixed. At best it is a first step in a treatment plan. A minor who made a hysterical parasuicidal gesture is not in need of long term committed care. That means the facility needs to explain the need for the extended stay. Mom is right to be concern how poorly she treated, poorly informed and poorly involved, since she be doing lot of the heavy lifting long after the hospital has stopped doing anything but counting their money.