I will gloss over the details, but I'm totally shocked because my dear friend called the police because her little guy (around 8) was pulling at his hair begging for help, threatening to cut himself and kill his big sister. The cops hemmed and hawed, watching him, and pretty much said to call Social Services, which, in part, said they have a long waiting list. My friend is kind of shy and non-assertive and I'm trying to help. If she had taken this boy to a hospital ER, would they have had to admit him? I told her to do it, but she was leery that they'd do it--get him any help, even though the policeman had taken the report. How do you get kids admitted to hospitals? She has two little ones who are obviously very mentally ill, but adopted with birthmother suffering from severe psychiatric problems and drug abuse. The boy is in decline right now and keeps everyone up all night while he screams in terror and talks to himself all night. The girl also obviously has problems and is very mean and explosive. She has two other kids to raise too. Yet she CAN'T get help. Her psychiatrist told her that she'd just have to live with them that way and that nothing can be done (can you believe that?). He refuses to even consider that maybe they can get better, and there are long waiting lists for other psychiatrists and these kids need help fast. The only medications psychiatrist will hand out are ADHD medications which make the little boy even wilder and more afraid. He did try Risperdal once, but had tics and a very bad reaction and was never again tried on an anti-psychotic. The boy has been increasingly violent. ER then? Does it work?