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Mental Health

The term "mental health" for our purposes, basically refers to several different types of filings in the Probate, Guardianship, and Mental Health Department. These filings include Baker Act and Marchman Act cases, Ex parte and Involuntary Placements, Petitions to Determine Incapacity, and Petitions for Adult Protective Services. Please be advised that there is no filing fee for any of the mental health filings except for the Petition to Determine Incapacity.

Baker Act (mental)

A process established by Florida Statutes Mental Health Act by which a person whose current mental state poses a danger to that person or to others may be taken to a mental health receiving facility for an involuntary examination.

Marchman Act (substance abuse)

A process established by Florida Statutes by which a person may be admitted for an involuntary evaluation to determine if his or her judgment is impaired due to substance abuse and he or she has, therefore, lost the power of self-control with respect to substance abuse and poses a danger to himself or herself or to another person.

Baker Act and Marchman Act records are confidential.

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