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WPI 360.10 Mental Disorder—Definition

6A WAPRAC WPI 360.10Washington Practice Series TMWashington Pattern Jury Instructions--Civil

6A Wash. Prac., Wash. Pattern Jury Instr. Civ. WPI 360.10 (7th ed.)
Washington Practice Series TM
Washington Pattern Jury Instructions--Civil
April 2022 Update
Washington State Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions
Part XIX. Involuntary Treatment
Chapter 360. Behavioral Health Disorders
WPI 360.10 Mental Disorder—Definition
Mental disorder means any organic, mental, or emotional impairment that has substantial adverse effects on the individual's cognitive or volitional functions.
[Cognitive function refers to the mental processes by which a person becomes aware of, perceives, and comprehends ideas. It involves all aspects of perception, thinking, reasoning, and remembering.]
[Volitional function refers to the use of a person's own will in performing or abstaining from action.]
Use the first paragraph in every case. The bracketed paragraphs may be used to assist jurors in understanding the terms used in the first paragraph. Use with WPI 360.10.01 (Behavioral Health Disorder—Definition).
The instruction's first paragraph uses wording from RCW 71.05.020(37).
The bracketed paragraphs use language derived from Mosby's Medical, Nursing & Allied Health Dictionary, pp. 361 and 1719 (5th ed.). These bracketed paragraphs may be used to assist jurors in understanding the concepts involved in the underlying definition of “mental disorder.”
A developmentally disabled person may be found to have a “mental disorder” supporting involuntary commitment if the developmental disability substantially affects that person's cognitive or volitional functions. In re Detention of R.S., 124 Wn.2d 766, 881 P.2d 972 (1994).
[Current as of January 2021.]
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