Jeff D. was 15 years old when he was committed by a state court to the custody of the director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare under the Idaho Mental Health Act. He was diagnosed as being emotionally disturbed and mildly mentally disabled, and Idaho had no resources to treat him.

    His subsequent incarceration led to a 1980 lawsuit that has finally been settled 35 years later. Jeff D. is now 50 years old.

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