JANUARY 31, 2007
In re M.T., Alleged to be a Person ) Appeal from the
Subject to Involuntary Treatment With ) Circuit Court of
Psychotropic Medication ) Cook County.
(The People of the State of Illinois, )
Petitioner-Appellee, ) No. 06 COMH 130
Maria T., ) Honorable
) Nathaniel R. Howse,
Respondent-Appellant). ) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE GREIMAN delivered the opinion of the court:
Respondent, Maria T., appeals from an order of the circuit
court of Cook County authorizing her involuntary treatment with
psychotropic medication. She contends that the order should be
reversed because the State failed to prove by clear and
convincing evidence that the benefits of the medication
outweighed the harm.
The State, through Dr. Joanna Poniaquwicz of Lutheran
General Hospital, petitioned the court on January 11, 2006, to
begin the involuntary treatment of respondent with psychotropic
medications pursuant to section 2-107.1 of the Mental Health and
Developmental Disabilities Code (Code) (405 ILCS 5/2-107.1 (West
2004)). In the petition, Dr. Poniaquwicz stated that respondent
suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, that she was currently
psychotic and unable to function, and sought to medicate her with