I had called the police in my daughter because of behavioral issues that I wanted to know if they were also a mental Heath issue. She was admitted for 72 hours. Can the non primary parent sign the volantary paperwork if the primary parent doesn't want to? He has no relationship with her in 2 years
The Florida Mental Health Act of 1971 (see: Florida Statute 394.451 - 394.47891) is commonly known as the "Baker Act," and allows for the involuntary institutionalization and examination of an individual (sometimes called and emergency or involuntary commitment). It can be initiated by judges, law enforcement officials, physicians, or mental health professionals, but it can also start with a phone call from friends or family.
For someone to be Baker Acted there must be evidence that the person possibly has a mental illness and presents a harm to self, harm to others, or of self neglectful. Once done, examinations may last up to 72 hours after a person is deemed medically stable.
That said, I do not think that it matters whether a primary parent or a non primary parent is involved. The issue is the subjects health not squabbling between former spouses.
Wishing the child luck and the parents better sense and hoping that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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