Baker Act

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Baker Act

A Baker Act per Florida Statute 394.455(18) is:

Impairment of the mental or emotional processes that exercise conscious control of one’s actions or of the ability to perceive or understand reality. Impairment substantially interferes with a person’s ability to meet the ordinary demands of living.

An Involuntary Examination of a student or person must meet the following criteria of Involuntary Examination per Florida Statute 394.463(1):

  1. Reason to believe person has a mental illness and because of mental illness, person has refused or is unable to determine if examination is necessary, and either:
  2. Without care or treatment, is likely to suffer from neglect or refuse care to self, and such neglect or refusal poses a real and present threat of substantial harm to ones well-being and it is not apparent that such harm may be avoided through the help of willing family members, friends or the provision of other services: or
  3. There is substantial likelihood that without treatment the person will cause in the near future serious bodily harm to self or others, as evidenced by recent behavior.

Resources

Florida Statute on Mental Health

Florida Department of Children and Families - Crisis Services - Baker Act

Receiving Facilities

User Reference Guide