Florida citizens who might harm themselves or others may be held involuntarily for assessment up to 72 hours. The statute for mental illness is called the Baker Act, for substance abuse, the Marchman Act. There are very specific criteria for committing someone under the Baker Act or Marchman Act. Join us as Martha R. Lenderman, MSW clearly explains how to identify patients legally eligible to implement these statutes and the requirements under the Florida Mental Health Act for appropriate admission and discharge in compliance with the law.
Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Emergency Room Physicians, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Nurses, Case Managers, Admission and Discharge Staff, Risk Managers and Legal Advisers.
- Implement the Baker Act voluntary and involuntary examination criteria.
- Identify which patients are legally eligible to consent to admission and treatment.
- Discuss requirements under the Florida Mental Health Act including appropriate admission and discharge in compliance with the law.
- Implement the criteria for involuntary admission of persons under Florida’s Marchman Act for substance abuse impairment.
- Consistently comply with the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) and the Florida Baker Act laws.
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Martha R. Lenderman, MSW
Former Program Coordinator, Department of Children and Families
Consultant, Lenderman & Associates
Pinellas Park, Florida
Martha R. Lenderman, MSW indicated that neither she nor her spouse/partner has relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and she will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in her presentation or discussion.
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