“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:
- 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 email@example.com. 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.
NAMI Pasco is partnering with the Tampa Bay Times Newspapers in Education Foundation to bring awareness of mental health issues, early warning signs, resources, and much more to teachers.
The free, one-night workshop is designed for teachers of grades 6 through 12. Date, time, and location are listed below. You can also download our flyer containing all necessary information.
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
NAMI Pasco, Jallo Plaza
6480 Land O’Lakes Blvd.
Land O’Lakes, FL 34638
Register online at tampabay.com/nie
RSVP deadline: Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
Space is limited. If you register and cannot
attend, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
so that someone on the waiting list may attend.
NAMI Pasco’s Peer-to-Peer is a free recovery-focused educational program for adults aiming to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges.
10 two-hours sessions begin September 5. Everything you need to know is available in our brochure: Peer-to-Peer_2014. You can also find the information here on our “Classes” page, just scroll down a little.
Register by calling (727) 992-9653. Leave a message and a Peer-to-Peer mentor will call you back.
NAMI Pasco Is Living Its Mission to Deliver
Outreach, Education, and Advocacy to Its Community
Last weekend NAMI Pasco participated in
a new session of Connection Recovery Support Group training. The results? Six newly certified facilitators to help us meet our education mandate. As Gloria Strother, our affiliate president so eloquently offered, “NAMI Pasco is extremely fortunate to have such passionate, capable, and enthusiastic individuals who are giving of their time to help others. I’m very proud. I can’t thank each of them enough!”
You go girls (and boys!) We can do it!
Free NAMI Pasco Basics Class Begins September 3, 2014
Basics is an educational program for parents and caregivers
of children and adolescents living with mental illness. It covers
the fundamentals of caring for yourself, for family, and for your child.
Download our BasicsFlyer2014 all details.
Explore more about the NAMI Basics Education Program here.
FREE course for family members, friends and significant others of an adult who may be suffering with any of the following:
Major Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder,Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Co-occurring Brain Disorders, Addictive Disorders
Download our flyer for all the specifics!
Sign-up early for class that runs from August 8 – October 24, 2014
Class size is limited.