In re S.L.Annotate this Case
After an adjudicatory hearing, the district court granted the State’s petition for the involuntary commitment of S.L., concluding that S.L. suffered from a mental disorder and citing evidence establishing that S.L. posed an imminent threat to herself and that her mental condition would deteriorate if left untreated. The court determined that Montana State Hospital (MSH) was the least restrictive treatment alternative. The court did not hold a separate disposition hearing. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the district court’s decision to commit S.L. to MSH was not clearly erroneous; and (2) S.L. failed to demonstrate that the court’s decision not to hold a stand-alone disposition hearing deprived her of her due process rights.