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The Florida Mental Health Act (a.k.a. Baker Act)

The Health & Wellness Committee presents:
The Florida Mental Health Act (a.k.a. Baker Act)

Description: Chapter 394 of the Florida Statutes, known as “The Baker Act,” governs mental health services, including voluntary admissions (section 394.4625), involuntary examination (section 394.463) and involuntary placement (section 394.467). Enacted in 1971, the law was designed to protect the rights and liberty interests of citizens with mental illnesses and ensure public safety.

A. The origins and purpose of Florida Statute 394.451-394.47891
B. Provisions of the Baker Act
C. Behaviors that indicate a Mental Health Crisis
D. The 72 hour examination period
E. Marchman Act vs Baker Act: What’s the Difference?
F. Additional Legal Considerations
G. The Guardian Advocate Program: What are the powers and duties of a Guardian Advocate?
H. Community Resources: The Mental Health Association of Central Florida

Upon completion of the training participants will be able to:
• Define Alternatives to the Baker Act
• Define the Baker Act voluntary and involuntary examination criteria.
• Describe how the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA law) and the state Baker Act work together
• Define the role of law enforcement officers under the Baker Act
• Describe which persons are legally eligible to consent to admission and treatment

Location: Note – This will be a live webinar.  Zoom login instructions will be sent 24 hours prior to event.

Program: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

CLE: 1 General Credit PENDING


  • Marni F. Stahlman, Ph.D., ABD

Registration deadline: July 19, 2021

If you have any questions or need help registering, please contact Stephanie Sadi at or 407-422-4551 ext. 233.

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