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The Baker Act

FloridaStateSymbol“The Baker Act” is a Florida statute (or law enacted by the Florida legislature) that went into effect in 1971.

Its official title is the “Florida Mental Health Act of 1971″. The law states that a person can be involuntarily institutionalized or “examined” if there is evidence that this individual has a mental illness and is a potential harm to himself or others. Here’s a direct link to the statute, (which is surprisingly easier to read than you might think.)

Several different kinds of people can initiate a Baker Act:

  • Doctors
  • Judges
  • Law enforcement officials
  • Licensed mental health professionals

A person who is brought into a “receiving facility” under the Baker Act may be held for up to 72 hours. There are more than 100 such receiving facilities in the state of Florida, which may take people who have been sent to them under this law. Receiving facilities must pass rigorous state inspections before being credentialed as Baker Act-compliant.

For more information contact Deputy Curtis Adams at (404) 435-0616 or cadams@pascosheriff.org. Deputy Adams is the Baker Act liaison for the Pasco County Sheriff’s office, and a fully credentialed Crisis Intervention Team Training officer.

It’s important to remember that people being held under the Florida Baker Act still have rights governed by the law. These rights are in place to protect the dignity and assure physical and emotional safety of those being involuntarily treated for mental illness. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights In Florida (CCHRF) also offers a Baker Act Q & A page. CCHR’s mission is to investigate and expose crimes in mental health.

Free Caregiver Day! Alzheimer’s Family Organization

Mental Illness QuizAsk the Expert…Leilani Doty, PhD, is the
Director of the University of Florida
Cognitive & Memory Disorder Clinics
(MDC). Dr. Doty has served in leadership,
administrative, educational, clinical,
and outreach roles related to
Alzheimer’s disease and related
dementias since 1986. Two September dates and locations available. Free for caregivers.

Download a flyer to register and get all info:
Dr. Doty Presentation: FREE for Caregivers

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Waterman Village
The Lodge Multipurpose Center
445 Waterman Avenue
Mt. Dora, FL 32757
Friday, September 19, 2014
Springbrook Hospital
7007 Grove Road
Brooksville, FL 34609

Also Join the Alzheimer’s Family Organization
for FREE Caregivers Day

WHEN September 26, 2014 – 10 am – 2 pm
You must register for this event by September 19
WHERE 9330 State Road 54, New Port Richey, FL 34655

Download a flyer for more info: Caregiver Flyer West Pasco