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Idaho courts report big jump in mental commitment cases over past five years

Idaho state courts are reporting an 82 percent increase in the number of involuntary mental commitment cases filed vs. five years ago, and the startling statistic has some judges wondering if budget cuts to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the poor economy are partly to blame. “It's a tough question with a complex set of factors,” Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Michael Anderson, who handles many mental commitment cases, told the Associated Press. “There's been, with the economy, some people who have lost their jobs and that are depressed, so we've seen a few of those. But overall, the pie just seems to be bigger — the numbers of people just seem to have increased.” Click below for a full report from AP reporter Rebecca Boone.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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