A child in California was taken to a mental health facility after she was caught shoplifting and swallowed a bunch of pills. She is there on a 5150 hold.
Her mother does not want to pay the mental hospital's bills. She paid for the first three days, but has told the hospital that she is not going to pay more. They want the child to stay for six or seven days, and the mother wants her to come home.
The doctor responded by indicating that if the mother does not pay for the child's care he will seek a 5250 hold and could keep the daughter in care for up to fourteen days.
Is it legal for the doctor to make that threat?