Interest of R.G.M.- 20130167
R.G.M. appeals the district court's orders for treatment, involuntary treatment with medication and medical care, and hospitalization and treatment.
A doctor at Sanford Health sought emergency admission of R.G.M., asserting he was mentally ill and, as a result of his mental illness, if untreated, there was a reasonable expectation of serious risk of harm to himself, others, or property.
The district court held a preliminary hearing. At the preliminary hearing, a psychiatrist at Sanford Health testified he had been R.G.M.'s treating psychiatrist following R.G.M.'s emergency admission. Based on the psychiatrist's testimony, the district court found probable cause existed that R.G.M. was mentally ill and there was a substantial likelihood of substantial deterioration in his physical and mental health posing a serious risk of harm to himself, others, or property.
The district court held a treatment hearing. The court also addressed the psychiatrist's request for treatment with medication and medical care. The psychiatrist and a nephrologist, and medical director of the dialysis unit at Sanford Health, testified. The psychiatrist also issued a report of examination, a report assessing the availability and appropriateness of alternative treatment, and a report requesting treatment with medication. The district court concluded the petitioner had proven by clear and convincing evidence R.G.M. was mentally ill, hospitalization was the least restrictive treatment, and treatment with medication and medical care was clinically appropriate and necessary. The district court ordered hospitalization and treatment at Sanford Health for no more than 90 days.
On appeal, R.G.M. argues the district court erred in finding clear and convincing evidence supported the findings and ordering hospitalization and treatment with medications and medical care.