The emphasis of my site is on the Baker Act and lawyers.
The Baker Act was initiated in
Florida about 145,000 times in 2012. Then, the average age of individuals experiencing a Baker Act (involuntary mental health examination) was
about 35 years old, with about 15% of initiations for children and over 5% for people 65 years and
older. No lawyers were involved at this stage of the Baker Act.
People get these Baker Acts (involuntary mental health
examinations) anywhere in Florida. Often,
family takes them to an emergency room or law enforcement
intervenes with a Baker Act. Contrary to
original goal, individuals are taken to a
of a hospital or psychiatric hospital (receiving facility) against the wishes of those involved. Once a Baker Act occurs, individuals are
not free to leave and no one can simply "take them home" until the
receiving facility decides to discharge them or a doctor releases them. They may be
given conflicting information, deemed incompetent, have medication forced, restrained,
secluded, have communication restricted, can’t get their own record, or can't get transferred. Maybe a
stranger rather than a family member or friend is asked to make decisions about treatment. Not
of during a Baker Act, they might even be considered a voluntary
patient after signing one of several papers given in a stack of papers and told to sign. To "add insult to
injury," the involuntary
patient because of the Baker Act will be charged fees by the receiving facility. And the person who originally sought assistance can't get information.
Perhaps your rights guaranteed by Florida laws weren't
observed. Maybe you need your own attorney. An attorney is often needed to get
transferred, discharged or complain so that it doesn't happen to anyone
else. Lawyers can often help with matters associated with the Baker Act.