You probably should try it, but you will be denied.
There will be no cost to you for my office doing this. Up until a few years ago, we did it routinely; my staff attorney who handles current involuntary commitments believes as firmly as I in research availability.
Then, through an arcane (I think) interpretation of the confidentiality laws, the practice had to end when -- on advice of attorneys -- the hospital ceased furnishing.
I have a lawsuit already drafted. Just need a few people willing to go for it. Best case scenario would be if the person had died within time parameters comparable to the release of the U.S. Census (70 yrs., as you know).
If yours doesn't fit into that, I'll still see what I can find for you from other public records.
I believe it is imperative that we have all medical data made available to us -- genealogy -- yes! -- but there are other sound reasons for genealogical research.
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