Baker Act

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8:50 am
Wed April 29, 2015

'Huge' Revamp Of Mental-Health Services Scrapped

Sen. Rene Garcia

  An ambitious proposal to revamp the state's system for delivering mental-health services became a casualty of the House's early exit from the Capitol, as the plan's Senate sponsor Wednesday refused to along with changes made by House members.

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8:38 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Baker Act Revisions Proposed

Florida’s Legislature may consider revamping the state’s Baker Act law that oversees the involuntary commitment of people thought to be a danger to themselves or others, the News Service of Florida reports. Bills filed in both the House and Senate would look at the amount of time individuals are screened, and may consider using remote, telemedicine consultations to evaluate patients, the News Service reports.
  • Source: Usf
  • | Via: News Service of Florida
Two South Florida lawmakers have filed bills that would require a review of Florida's "Baker Act,'' which allows for the involuntary commitment of people who have mental illnesses and are considered dangers to themselves or others. The proposals (SB 514 and HB 505), filed by Sen. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Boynton Beach, and Rep.
Health News Florida
9:12 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Help Sought Before Baseball-Bat Murders

The bludgeoning deaths of a Tavares woman, her brother and mother by a man with schizophrenia is renewing criticism of how the state handles the mentally ill in crisis, the Orlando Sentinel reports.


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Health News Florida
9:13 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Death of Sick Inmate Costs Jail $1.15M

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will pay $1.15 million to the estate of a woman with bipolar disorder who died in a jail cell after refusing food and medication, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Jennifer DeGraw was jailed in 2009, after he husband tried to hospitalize his manic wife under the state’s Baker Act for the mentally ill, the Times reports.

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5:09 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Bill Cuts Crisis-Unit Funds

Every time there is a mass shooting, everyone agrees there should be more focus on identifying and treating persons with emergency mental health problems.

But a mental-health bill up that comes up this week in Senate Appropriations would have the opposite result, according to consumer groups in mental health.

"We call it the 'Nightmare of the Senate'," said Maggie Labarta, clinical psychologist and CEO of Meridian Behavioral Health Care in Gainesville. 

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Health News Florida
11:28 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Capitol: Clinic Clean-up Bill Up Today

Clinics that provide anabolic steroids and other controlled drugs to anyone with enough cash - from teen-age body-builders to pro baseball players - have festered in Florida because of a loophole in the law.

A bill aimed at closing it comes before the Senate Health Policy Committee Tuesday afternoon.  The bill, (SB 746) by Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, would give the Agency for Health Care Administration authority over all clinics, not just those that accept insurance.

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Health News Florida
11:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Neglect of Mentally Ill Leads to Violence

Sujatha Guduru

Sujatha Guduru of Oviedo had a 20-year history of mental illness. She had required hospitalization in a psychiatric ward three times, was seeing a mental-health counselor and taking psychotropic drugs. Yet Guduru was still able to walk into a local gun shop and buy a revolver.

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Health News Florida
11:09 am
Tue April 16, 2013

At the Capitol: Texting Ban, Baker Act, Guns

The Senate unanimously approved a ban on texting-while-driving this morning, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The bill's next stop is the House. 

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Health News Florida
12:40 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Mental-Health Crisis System Overloaded

In the locked unit.
Credit Palm Beach Post

In the wake of the Newtown, CT, mass shooting of children by a troubled adolescent late last year, many states are trying to improve monitoring and require treatment for those who are deemed a danger to themselves or others.

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Health News Florida
10:28 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Schizophrenia No Bar to Getting Guns Back

After he fired six shots in his home -- aiming at rats, he said --76-year-old Thomas Judd of Tampa was “Baker Acted,” taken to a crisis center for an involuntary mental health examination. As usual, he was found to be suffering from schizophrenia.  His guns were taken away.

But now Judd has his guns back, after a proceeding in Hillsborough Circuit Court, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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Health News Florida
12:09 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Mental Health Issues, Criminal Record For Teen Gunman

Benjamin Bishop is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Even though laws in Florida prevented 18-year-old Benjamin Bishop from buying a gun, that didn’t stop him from getting one, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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6:56 pm
Sun December 30, 2012

Grimm: It's a Miracle -- the Mental Health System Worked

Miami Herald columnist Fred Grimm tells the story of a 26-year-old Iraq War vet who was holed up in a townhouse with 20 assault weapons and plenty of ammunition, delusional, angry and suffering from paranoia. So many things could have gone wrong -- but because talented and dedicated public servants got involved, they didn't.
Think of it as a kind of Christmas miracle. That what should have happened actually happened. That a war-damaged veteran got the help he needed. That a terrifying scenario — an unhinged former soldier holed up with a cache of assault weapons and ammo — was defused.
10:13 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Social Worker Stabbed on Medicaid Visit

A 25-year-old social worker and recent USF grad was stabbed and killed by her 53-year-old client, a man with a criminal history who had been Baker-Acted once before.
Stephanie Ross visited Lucious Smith to assist with his Medicaid benefits. DADE CITY - Since day one, police say, social worker Stephanie Ross had been uncomfortable visiting Lucious Smith, a man with a criminal history dating to 1977 when he was charged with carrying a concealed ice pick and resisting arrest.