My son is 17 years old. He continues to run away from home. If he fails to find a car to break in or if he is unable to steal food he goes to the hospital my wife works at and he says he is suicidal. They send him to Fairfax for days until he feels ready to leave. I'm up to my eyeballs in debt. We are trying to get him help and the cops have regular documentation of his running away. Since it is a mental issue, the state law says he doesn't have to notify his parents so we get stuck with a bill without any say or notification.
Until your son is 18, you are legally responsible for his care, including health care. Every hospital has provision for uncompensated care. Contact the business office and pursue that option. Also, if you have health insurance, the bills should be tendered to your insurer.
Contact a family lawyer (divorce, etc) in your area about the requirements to either have him emancipated, so you will not be liable for these bills any more, or possibly adjudicated delinquent. There must be ample notes in his medical records that he is not indeed suicidal. I've changed the area of law for your question to family law.
My answer to your question is for informational purposes only and nothing contained herein is to create or imply an attorney client relationship. Also, my answer is based on South Carolina and Federal law only. In all cases involving legal matter, i always suggest that people consult a licensed attorney in their jurisdiction.
Since he is still a minor, you can get him involuntarily committed to a hospital / in-patient treatment program. i presume it would be covered under Obamacare.
It seems like you have one last chance to get him help. After he turns 18, getting him invol. committed will be far more difficult.
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