In this case, the respondent’s mother, filed a petition for mental health treatment because she believed her daughter might pose a threat of physical harm to herself or others, and she requested that her daughter be evaluated by a psychiatrist.
The petition alleged that she was not taking her medications and that she stated that she was being poisoned, that people were breaking into her car, and that someone was attempting to kill her. The petition additionally alleged that her daughter drove erratically after an encounter with mental health counselors and that her daughter’s moods were volatile.
To receive involuntary mental health treatment under the Mental Health Code, MCL 330.1001, a petitioner is required to establish that respondent has a mental illness and who as a result of that mental illness can reasonably be expected within the near future to intentionally or unintentionally seriously physically injure himself, herself, or another individual, and who has engaged in an act or acts or made significant threats that are substantially supportive of the expectation.
The daughter admitted that she had bipolar disorder, and evidence was presented by her doctor that he diagnosed her with bipolar disorder, which he stated qualified as a mental illness.
Evidence was presented that without medication to combat her bipolar disorder, the daughter experienced delusions, paranoia, aggression, and irritability. Given the daughter’s admission that she was bipolar and the doctor’s testimony about her diagnosis, in combination with testimony about her behavior prior to her hospitalization, petitioner showed by clear and convincing evidence that her daughter had a mental illness as defined by MCL 330.1400(g).
The trial court found treatment appropriate and prescribed 90 days of treatment with up to 60 days of hospitalization.
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