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09/05/89 In Re Joanne Ingersoll

September 5, 1989

IN RE JOANNE INGERSOLL, ASSERTED TO BE A PERSON SUBJECT TO


APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS, THIRD DISTRICT

Involuntary Admission (The People of the State of

Illinois, Petitioner-Appellee, v.

JoAnne Ingersoll, Respondent-Appellant)

544 N.E.2d 409, 188 Ill. App. 3d 364, 135 Ill. Dec. 913 1989.IL.1377

Appeal from the Circuit Court of Peoria County; the Hon. Brian M. Nemenoff, Judge, presiding.

APPELLATE Judges:

PRESIDING JUSTICE WOMBACHER delivered the opinion of the court. STOUDER and BARRY, JJ., concur.

DECISION OF THE COURT DELIVERED BY THE HONORABLE JUDGE WOMBACHER

The respondent, JoAnne Ingersoll, appeals the trial court's order involuntarily admitting her to the Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities .

The State of Illinois filed a petition to involuntarily admit the respondent to the DMHDD on August 31, 1988, following her summary admission thereto earlier in August of that year. The State alleged that she suffered from mental illness and was unable to provide for her basic physical needs so as to keep herself from harm. More specifically, it was alleged that the respondent was unkempt, uncooperative, argumentative, confused, alcohol dependent, and emphysematous. In addition, she refused medication and suffered from a bipolar disorder which caused her to exhibit a "looseness of association and pressured speech." Finally, the State claimed respondent was homeless, insolvent, and lacked familial contact.

A certified social worker examined the respondent on August 30, 1988, and submitted a medical certificate which indicated that respondent is mentally ill, reasonably expected to seriously injure herself or someone else, and is otherwise endangered by her inability to provide for her basic physical needs. This social worker based her opinion on several factors, including respondent's psychiatric and alcoholic history, her speech pattern, her lack of future plans, her physical problems, her refusal of medication and placement, and minimal family support.

A staff physician reiterated the same allegations in her certified written statement. She later testified that respondent had been previously admitted to Zeller Mental Health Center, was living in her automobile prior to this admission to Zeller, and exhibited agitation, hostility, sarcasm, hallucinations, rambling, confusion, delusions, physical ailments, and grandiosity. The physician stated that in her opinion, this condition could worsen if she were not properly treated and if she failed to take medication. This doctor recommended three to four weeks of mental health hospitalization to physically and mentally stabilize her and to eliminate or minimize her disability.

The respondent requested a discharge stating she had income, transportation, and could care for herself. In addition, she had a friend who would help her get settled, look for an apartment, and assist her with her financial affairs and various needs. Her friend testified to the same.

The trial court found that respondent's mental illness endangered her by inhibiting her ability to care for herself, so she was involuntarily admitted to Zeller. It is ...


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