Short temper and violent behavior justify continued habilitation as an inpatient.

Topic: Civil Commitment, Decided by Judge Woodard 
Docket Number: ***** , Decision Date: 2014-08-11 
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The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is authorized to continue habilitation of Respondent, an individual diagnosed with Moderate Mental Retardation, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, and Autism, as an inpatient in its facility.  Respondent’s violent reactions to adversity warrant continued habilitation as an inpatient [..] Read More..

Open criminal charges do not justify continued civil commitment.

Topic: Civil Commitment, Decided by Judge Woodard 
Docket Number: ***** , Decision Date: 2014-05-23 
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The speculative consequences of open criminal charges from approximately seventeen years prior cannot legally justify Respondent’s continued civil commitment.  The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) was ordered to show compliance with a previous order of Judge Lois Oakley and produce evidence of [..] Read More..