Court upholds commitment and mental illness dispute
A state appeals court Friday upheld a judge’s decision to involuntarily commit a man to an inpatient treatment facility, despite the man’s arguments that his mental illness did not pose a danger to his well-being and that other less-restrictive alternatives were available.
A panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal said it could have treated the Southwest Florida case as moot because a three-month time frame in the commitment order had already passed, but it said similar issues could recur.
The case focused on a man, identified only by the initials D.F., who suffers from a mood disorder and dementia.
The director of Riverside Behavioral Center in Punta Gorda filed a petition seeking involuntary inpatient treatment for D.F., whose psychiatrist also recommended that he be placed in a closed facility. In part, D.F. was “mildly” malnourished and had no family or friends to care for him, Friday’s ruling said.
D.F. argued that he did not pose a threat to himself and that he could be placed in a group home. But the appeals court, in a nine-page order, upheld the commitment order by a Charlotte Court circuit judge, which followed a recommendation from a