Benjamin (Ben) M. Turnage is Special Counsel at Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Ben has practiced law in Wayne, Greene, and Lenoir Counties for sixteen years, working primarily in the area of indigent defense. He has represented indigent defendants in district and superior courts in addition to representing parents in abuse, neglect, and dependency cases, juveniles alleged to be delinquent, and respondents in guardianship proceedings. His duties include serving as a resource for appointed counsel for respondents in civil commitment cases.
Designed to assist attorneys representing respondents or minors in civil commitment proceedings, the North Carolina Civil Commitment Manual (second edition) reviews North Carolina mental health and substance abuse laws pertaining to inpatient and outpatient commitments and admissions. It analyzes in depth the relevant statutes in Chapter 122C of the North Carolina General Statutes and applicable case law. It also discusses the collateral consequences resulting from commitment and the special provisions on commitment of respondents involved with the criminal justice system. The manual's focus is on commitments and admissions requiring judicial review and thus on proceedings requiring the appointment of counsel. It replaces the first edition, dated 2006.