Written by attorney Kendra Eleanor Parris

Handling a Family Member's Baker Act in Florida

When a loved one is Baker Acted, things move very quickly. It is important to know what steps you can take to ensure that your family member or friend is release as quickly as possible and does not relinquish his or her rights while the civil commitment is ongoing.

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Chapter 394, Florida Statues, is the Florida Mental Health Act and the place in the Florida statutes where you will find the laws relating to Baker Acts. The Agency for Health Care Administration licenses Baker Act facilities and can accept complaints in the event a patient's rights are violated. Mental health watchdogs are in Florida and can provide more resources, such as the Citizens Commission on Human Rights

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