I've been 5150'ed 3 times, maybe 4. First one was in San Jose. I went to an institution for 3 months for hurting myself and punching my arm... stabbed my inside palm...
I went to school then got sent back for another 3 months. They put me on 3 different types of meds for Bipolar 1, anxiety and depression.
In Santa Cruz when I got 5150'ed the Officer said he was taking me to the psyche ward for seeing things and I couldn't be on the beach seeing things and nude. People were concerned about me and so the police came out and asked me if I had any mental health problems and I told him what they were and went to the psyche ward.
MHCAN of Santa Cruz
Mental Health Client Action Network
The Only Mental Health Peer-Run Organization
in Santa Cruz, CA