December 1-8, 2014 issue
Laws designed to compel those with serious mental illness into treatment are gaining traction
by Haley Sweetland Edwards
A valuable article about the legal, financial and “moral catastrophe”
related to mental illness and the manifestations of violence.
NAMI Pasco’s Office Space Expires Soon!
It means we’re looking for a new contributed place in Pasco to set up shop. Our current location at 6480 Land O′Lakes Boulevard (Jallo Plaza) in Land O’Lakes, Fla. will no longer be ours at the end of 2014. We don’t need the Taj Mahal. Rather, to quote Ernest Hemingway, any “clean, well-lighted place” will do. We’re aiming for a home base from which to brainstorm, work, hold monthly Board Meetings, plan and deliver signature programming, meet with cherished community partners and much more. If you know of a provider, non-profit organization, business or friend in Pasco who has some unoccupied space that can be donated, or knows of someone who knows someone (you get the idea)! please contact us by email or call our information and referral line at (727) 992-9653.
The All-Volunteer NAMI Pasco Team
“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!