Hello. This is my first post to the board. I have found this place in my search for answers this morning online. I am trying to find anyone who might be in the state of Texas and who might have some insight into their laws for 17 yr olds. We are new to Texas so we are not sure of how this law of 17 works here. Our daughter is bipolar and has a long history. HShe is violent and towards myself and my husband. She has a history of crying suicide when she doesn't get her way or she wants to be removed from our home. Her recent stunt is that she stole some pills and took them to school, taking them during 6th period yesterday. The pills were Hydrocodone. At this point we know that she took them but the doctors say the test don't show just how much as of last night when we left the hospital. She also told them that she drank Vodka and a beer before going to school. We have no beer in our home for her to drink. The Vodka bottle is kept in the freezer and we measure it after each use. The level is the same as the last time we used it and it still has vodka in it and not water. The water would have frozen. So we know that she is lying on that in that she didn't drink the alcohol at home. Long story short, we refused to sign her into psychiatric care because we have dealt with this so many times that we believe it was a manipulation and a way to get what she wants. She has done this about 12 times in the last 2 years. She has been in numerous short and long term facilities since she was 13, a total of 18. We are financially bankrupt because of the things she has done, placing her in acute care when she really didn't need it. My question is this, does anyone know anything about a 17 yr signing themselves into psychiatric care in Texas when a parent refuses to sign them in. What happens? Does CPS get involved and look at the parent for abandonment? Are we responsible for the finalcial aspect of the stay even though she signed herself in? We just don't understand TX law and honestly don't know where to turn. Any advice or help that anyone could give would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for reading this.