from the Steuben Superior Court Trial Court Cause No.
76D01-1508-MH-88 The Honorable William C. Fee, Judge
Attorney for Appellant Robert J. Hardy Hardy Law Office
Attorney for Appellee Eugene C. Bosworth Angola, Indiana
of the Case
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.
and Procedural History
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
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 . . . .
We have her diagnosed [with] schizoaffective disorder. . . .
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 ...