Florida Baker Act

Florida Law for court-ordered drug rehab and involuntary assessment, commitment, and treatment for mental health disorders on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Baker Act Florida and Marchman Act Florida are examples of orders to initiate involuntary mental health and substance abuse assessments in the State of Florida.

Baker Act Florida

A person may be taken to a receiving facility for involuntary examination if there is reason to believe that he or she has a mental illness and because of his or her mental illness:

1. The person has refused voluntary examination after conscientious explanation and disclosure of the purpose of the examination; or the person is unable to determine whether the examination is necessary; and

2. Without care or treatment, the person is likely to suffer from neglect or refuse to care for himself or herself; such neglect or refusal poses a real and present threat of substantial harm to his or her well-being; and it is not apparent that such harm may be avoided through the help of willing family members or friends or the provision of other services; or

3. There is a substantial likelihood that without care or treatment, the person will cause serious bodily harm to self or others shortly, as evidenced by recent behaviors. State laws are in place to support court-ordered involuntary treatment. Nevertheless, careful planning with a unified approach is essential for successfully using the laws to significantly increase the long term prognosis for your loved one’s recovery. Although we do not provide legal advice, we do provide services to help support the recovery process for all impacted by mental illness and substance abuse throughout the State of Florida.