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Case Law Update: Involuntary Administration of Psychotropic Medications

In re Jonathan P, No. 2-07-0610 (11-19-08) reversed the trial court’s decision because respondent’s, review of petition for involuntary administration of psychotropic medications is capable of being repeated, yet escaping review, it is not subject to mootness doctrine. (Rejecting In re HH from 4th Dist.) Further, although it was not reversible order to omit requested blood testing from treatment order, order for the administration of four of six requested psychotropic medications is against manifest weight of the evidence because variance from requested list of drugs is not supported; and there is insufficient testimony with regards to dosages sought. This decision will greatly affect nursing home abuse cases.