62 N.E.3d 1208 (Ind.App. 2016), 76A05-1509-MH-1477, In re Commitment of J.M.

Docket NºCourt of Appeals 76A05-1509-MH-1477
Citation62 N.E.3d 1208
Opinion JudgeNajam, Judge.
Party NameIn the Matter of the Commitment of J.M., J.M., Appellant-Respondent, v. Northeastern Center, Inc., Appellee-Petitioner
AttorneyATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: Robert J. Hardy, Hardy Law Office, Auburn, Indiana. ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: Eugene C. Bosworth, Angola, Indiana.
Judge PanelNajam, Judge. Vaidik, C.J., and Baker, J., concur. Vaidik, C.J., and Baker, J., concur.
Case DateOctober 27, 2016
CourtCourt of Appeals of Indiana

Page 1208

62 N.E.3d 1208 (Ind.App. 2016)

In the Matter of the Commitment of J.M., J.M., Appellant-Respondent,

v.

Northeastern Center, Inc., Appellee-Petitioner

Court of Appeals No. 76A05-1509-MH-1477

Court of Appeals of Indiana

October 27, 2016

Appeal from the Steuben Superior Court. The Honorable William C. Fee, Judge. Trial Court Cause No. 76D01-1508-MH-88.

ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: Robert J. Hardy, Hardy Law Office, Auburn, Indiana.

ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: Eugene C. Bosworth, Angola, Indiana.

Vaidik, C.J., and Baker, J., concur.

OPINION

Najam, Judge.

Statement of the Case

[¶1] J.M. appeals her involuntary mental health commitment. Though the issue raised on appeal is moot, we address J.M.'s argument because it is a matter of great public importance. On the merits of her argument, we hold that there was sufficient evidence to support her temporary commitment. As such, we affirm.

Facts and Procedural History

[¶2] On August 10, 2015, Northeastern Center, Inc. (" Northeastern" ) filed a petition for the involuntary commitment of J.M. due to mental health concerns. The court held a fact-finding hearing on August 13 and August 20.1 At that hearing, Dr. Lynnea T. Carder testified as follows: [J.M.] was admitted [to Northeastern] on August 5th. The admission was prompted by family who called the Angola Police Department. They were saying she was delusional, hallucinations, thinks she was an alien, thought family was against her. She had allegedly made threats to the family. The family was fearful of her. . . . [S]he wasn't recognizing her daughter anymore . . . .

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We have her diagnosed [with] schizoaffective disorder. . . .

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Since admission, we've observed her getting very religiously preoccupied, . . . explosive. We've actually had to restrain her and seclude her at various times throughout her time here. She's somewhat paranoid. She doesn't trust me. She doesn't trust my qualifications to treat her. Difficult to engage and difficult to have her follow rules and comply with treatment . . . .

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In April of this year, . . . a family member called our hotline voicing concern because she had been living without heat and electricity and wasn't caring for herself. And I think shortly thereafter[] they had her move in with family. And now she is, essentially, disowning her family--wanting nothing to do with them because she believes they are manipulating and are the ones that took her here. . . . [S]he has no other means of support--nowhere to go. So she actually...

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