Michelle Foraker will provide information for navigating a Baker Act and advocating for yourself and/or on behalf of a family member or friend. The Florida Mental Health Act is also known as the Florida Baker Act. In this video, I explain what the Baker Act is and how it is initiated.
The Baker Act is designed for short term mental health treatment. The goal is supposed to be to complete an evaluation, stabilize the person, and return them to their community as soon as possible. As a mental health professional, it is my responsibility to consider the LEAST RESTRICTIVE environment before initiating a Baker Act. Therefore, when confronted with a crisis situation, I start with exhausting all other possibilities to help stabilize a person BEFORE initiating a Baker Act.
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