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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 18, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa State Sanity Hearing Law Explored by Iowa Students IOWA CITY (IDI'A) A new SO-ininute videotape documenta- ry filmed by two graduate stu- dents in the University of Iowa's school of social work explores the workings of Iowa's sanity hearing procedures law. Kalherine Lipplncott Davidge, Atlantic, and Pamela Henry, Creston, carried out the project under the auspices of the Linn County Association for Mental Health and submitted the study as the final requirement for master's degrees they received in December from the Universi- ty of Iowa. "The sections of the Iowa Code dealing with sanity hear- ing procedures were written in 1860 and the last substantial revision was in Mrs. Da- vidge said. "They arc way out of date for today's needs." Easy To File Under the present law, she noted, anyone can file an infor- mation or complaint against an individual, even through a letter from out of state, requesting a hearing to determine that per- son's mental health. "No wit- nesses or psychiatrists' state- ments are needed to initiate such she added. Each county has a three- member commission which is appointed to handle these pro- ceedings. The commission is composed of a lawyer, a doctor (who need not be a psychia- and a court clerk who keeps the records. "The clerk records the in- formation, vails a hearing and notifies a lawyer to represent the person. But the individual against whom the complaint has been made is often not notified until the sheriff comes (o pick the person up just before the hearing. "At (lie Mrs. Da- vidge continued, "the commis- sion is required to ask the per- son a list of questions written in 1870, such as: Do you have any erupting sores? Is there a dispo- sition to filthy habits? Are you a religious A hearing usually lasts 15 to 30 minutes. Under Iowa law, the person who filed the complaint docs not have to be present at the hearing. In addition, in some instances, the person against whom the complaint is filed also does not have to be present at his own hearing. If the commission rules that the person be given a mental exam- ination, by law they must be sent to one of the four state hos- pitals (at Cherokee, Indepcn- Legislative Nofes by Frank Nye Walsh Apparently Replaced As Youngest in the Senate DES MOINES It looks as though former State Sen. John Walsh (R-Dubuque) has been replaced as the youngest member ever elected to the Iowa senate. An individual has to be 25 to serve in the Iowa senate. Walsh turned 26 on March 14, 1966. He was elected to the senate on Nov. 11 of that year. Now along comes Sen. Earl Willits (D-Des Moines) who turned 26 on Oct. just eight days before he was elected to the senate the following Nov. 7. So it appears that Willits now is the young-j est person ever to win a senate seat and serve in it in Iowa history. If anyone knows to the contrary let him or her speak up now or forever hold his-her! peace. "Just Are Auditor" WALSH QENATOR Warren Curtis himself a certified O public accountant, has his own opinion of auditors. Arguing against setting up a special retirement fund for bank examiners until a study is made of all the state's various pension funds, Curtis told the senate last week: "A bank examiner is just an auditor. And'there's nothing holy about being an auditor. I know for I've been one for years." dence, Ml. Pleasant or Clarin- da) for an evaluation, which can extend for an Indefinite period. "In our research for the film, we also found that in a large number of cases the individuals were not informed of their right lo appeal the commission's de- said Mrs. Davidge. Loses Rights Also, under Iowa law, the In- dividual or his family can be required to pay for the forced lospitalization, or a lien will be placed against their property. While under examination in the state hospital the individual temporarily loses a number of rights, the University of Iowa student pointed out. "They lose their driver's license, the right to vote in certain instances, and can't legally according to Mrs. Davidge. In the case of a minor, the evaluation period can be ex- tended. One 17-year-old girl in- terviewed on film had been sent for an evaluation by her mother who told the county commission that the daughter was a drug addict because she had been found with marijuana. "The girl was told she would have to stay in the state hospital until her 18th birthday, which was six months explained Mrs. Davidge. "Fortunately, a law- yer who knew the girl heard about the case and within hours had her released." If the state hospital deter- mines that the individual should he committed for treat- ment, the county commission must approve the decision. "But then the period of per- manent commitment is indefi- said Mrs. Davidge, "and there is no built-in re- view process." The University of Iowa socia work students found that many sanity hearing actions are insti tuted :by husbands and wives in volved in divorce cases. Another frequent pattern they observe< was action taken by families to have grandparents committei because of senility. A legislative interim commit- tee has been studying Iowa's antiquated laws on sanity hear ings and will have a recommen dalion to .make to the 1974 gen- eral assembly. DES MOINES Do indivldu- ils who live in mobile homes oni rented land qualify for property ax relief under a new state law f they arc otherwise eligible? That's what Stale Sen. Tom Rilcy (R-Ccdar Rapids) wants know of Ally. Gen. Richard Turner. Riley said lie has been asked he question by some mobile lomeowners and he is hoping or an early opinion from rurner. Varying Amounts Under the new law low-in- lome citizens over 65 and total- y disabled Individuals who own heir homes are eligible for varying amounts of properly :ax relief. Ruling Asked on Property Tax Relief, Mobile Homes So arc renters on the basis that about 20 percent of their rent is used by the landlord to pay taxes on the properly they occupy. But there is some question whether mobile homeowners qualify if their residence is on rented ground. said in his request to Turner that he believes these people are covered hut the state department of revenue seems to disagree. "You cannot park a mobile home in the Rilcy's letter read. Represents Tax "If it is on ground that you own you pay taxes on that and Tom Riley qualify for the credit (assuming one is otherwise "If you rent the ground (a neceseity if you arc unable to locate it on your own real estate cither for lack of same or lack of zoning) some of the rent that is paid represents property taxes." Hilcy said if Turner agrees with the revenue depart- ment that those living in mobile homes on rented ground are not eligible for properly tax credit, he plans to introduce legislation to make them eligible. 'Home' Audience Warm to Milnes Lcs Zacheis IOWA CITY i- Sherrill Milnes, .he hottest baritone in operadom xxlay, came to Hancher audi- orium for a recital appearance Sunday night. He found himself among an audience of his old Iriends and a host of converts lo the popular Milnes movement. A Drake university grad of 1957 and former Des Moines school teacher, Milnes is carv- ng out a spectacular career for limself with a wide varieiy of operatic roles and engagements. The warmth of the welcome he received before he sang a note was indicative of his popularity with his "home" audience. Milnes, physically built like a tootball player, makes an im- posing figure on stage. And then he started singing. And such singing! His voice is one ol glorious vibrancy and richness with a silky sheen unusual for a baritone. In addition, he handles himself on stage like a veteran Shakespearian actor, helping to set the mood for the message ol the song. The opening set of three songs of Mozart were sung in character, with the rollicking "Finch1 nan Dal Vino" from Giovanni, a great audience pleaser. Milnes, putting his heart in his work, with ges- tures and mannerisms, per- spired like a harvest hand in the overly warm auditorium. He eould take things a 'little easier on the set. of German licder. I found his German lis- closed the set was a masterful and moving number. "Die All- machl" (popularly known as "The wilh its lowly ascending crescendo, drew a roar of approval from lis listeners. Turning now to some songs in Russian, Milnes itillaled his audience wilh hu- morous anecdotes of bouts with Boris Goldovsky over question- able mastery of the language. His most compelling number was "Prince Ycletsky's Aria" :rom Tchaikovsky's opera "Pi- After intermission, Milnes presented a series of French songs by Faure, with "Le Se- cret" boasting a delicate and subtle pianissimo that simply shimmered with a gossamer sheen. The accompaniment for the evening was worthy of specia mention. 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That hoary bit of Handelian har- monic horseplay on "Old Mother Hubbard" had the audience in The Schubert sacred text that i c s But the tireless Mimes was still good for Bern- Des Moines First Methodis church. Came encore time, and Milne led off with Valentin's great aria from "Avant de quil ter ces And for'an amus ing switch, Milnes manned th piano and accompanied Spon; in -Britten's "Oliver Cromwell lein's "Maria" and the folksy Shenandoah" before calling il night. R. T. Kehoe Dies; ..Services Tuesday ANAMOSA Ralph T. Kehoe i4, died Sunday following a lonj llness. He was born Nov. n Cascade and moved to Ana mosa with his parents as raung man. He and his brother Gerald, operated a service sta ion in Anamosa for 16 years. Following his retirement, Mr
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