Resources Related to Legal Issues and Mental Health

 

Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County
561-655-8944
www.legalaidpbc.org
 

Florida Legal Services
850-385-7900
www.floridalegal.org
 

Florida Rural Legal Services
Bell Glade 561-993-0003
Fort Pierce 772-466-4766
West Palm Beach 561-820-8902
www.frls.org
 

National Elder Law Network
www.neln.org
 

Elder Law Associates
800-353-3752
www.elderlawassociates.com
 

Mental Health Parity Act
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/06/washington/06health.html
 


Baker Act Information and Guardian Advocacy: 


The Baker Act is a means of providing individuals with emergency services and temporary detention for mental health evaluation and treatment when required, either on a voluntary or an involuntary basis. Forms for service eligibility, discharge, and personal safety plan regarding the Baker Act and guardian advocacy are located at:
http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/DCFForms/Search/DCFFormSearch.aspx
 

Baker Act Information
http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/mentalhealth/laws/appc.pdf
 

History of the Baker Act: It’s Development & Intent
http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/mentalhealth/laws/histba.pdf
 

The Baker Act Handbook is available online through the Department of Children and Family Services
http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/mentalhealth/laws/index.shtml
 

Guardian Advocate Information for Persons with a Developmental Disability
http://www.ninthcircuit.org/about/divisions/probate/downloads/GuardianAdvocate/GAInstructions.pdf

 

Information about guardian advocates can be found at the following site:
http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/mentalhealth/laws/guardadv0809.pdf
 

Guardian Advocate Training Manual is available online through the Department of Children and Family Services
http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/mentalhealth/laws/index.shtml
 

Advance Directive for Mental Health
If you believe you may be hospitalized for mental health care in the future and that your doctor may think you aren’t able to make good decisions about your treatment, completion of a mental health advance directive will help make your treatment preferences known. You can use the following advance directive form to direct your future care.
http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/mentalhealth/laws/mhadvdir.pdf