By Taylor Knopf, Author, North Carolina Health News Robert Ward has been representing clients with mental health issues when they come before a judge in involuntary commitment hearings for almost a decade. And in recent years, he noticed his caseload increasing in Mecklenburg County. Ward, the assistant public defender, asked his local clerk of court’s office to share the number of involuntary commitment (IVC) petitions, the legal process in which a layperson or medical professional asks a judge to order mental health or substance use treatment for . . .
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