Yes, I was caught doing some shady things on the web at school involving that and I was taken by the police to a local hospital for a few days. Well, it was about a week or so, and they keep you as long as they think you need it (which is about a week). Your parents cannot legally sign you out for any reason.
Yes, we're separated by gender, but sometimes we get to interact.
Yes, you usually have a roommate unless they deem you mentally unfit for one. We had 1 roomate per person.
In mine, they cut the wires from your bra and took away all jewelry or things deemed harmful. Yes, people actually tried to cut themselves with their bra wires. Innovative, no? It's all for 18-and-under, and adults are in a seperate building for safety. Theyre are kids as young as 11 there, but its mainly teens that OD (overdose), are accused of harming themselves (cutters), etc. If you say you're going to harm youselves, youre going there too.
They only make you take your meds when you have an actual prescription for them, and your assigned therapist will come in every-so-often to talk to you.
Since it's in a hospital, they take temperature, weight, blood pressure, etc. regularly.
You get all of your jewelry back.
You have the option to wear hospital gowns at night.
You get prepared meals (from the hospital, so you know its bland, but they have soda and dessert) you get to preorder.
You get one call a day (to your parents or boyfriend or whatever)
Your parents can bring you extra clothing, but no candy, since its deemed dangerous. My mom tried to bring me tiny mints once. Ahaha. xD
That's pretty much it.
Oh, and we have to do arts n crafts and games and watch movies and socialize in help groups with the boys and girls, where we introduce ourselves in a circle and such. The more you dont socialize and act outgoing (and normal) the longer you stay. They're always watching for you to get better, and if you don't seem to be getting better, you stay longer. The 11-year-old with us told us she'd stop eating, and the staff heard her, so they put her in a room to herself with a window so they could watch her to see if she'd do something dumb.
Okay, thats it.
About Idontknow's answer, man that was an intense ward your friend went to. O_O There was only one boy who had to be restrained to a bed like that, and he was mentally disabled and unable to speak or think complex thoughts, but he did constantly try to bite and punch himself constantly. And he kept making faces at me. Ha. xD