Resources Related to Legal Issues and Mental Health


Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County

Florida Legal Services

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

National Elder Law Network

Elder Law Associates

Mental Health Parity Act

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:

Baker Act Information

History of the Baker Act: It’s Development & Intent

The Baker Act Handbook is available online through the Department of Children and Family Services

Guardian Advocate Information for Persons with a Developmental Disability


Information about guardian advocates can be found at the following site:

Guardian Advocate Training Manual is available online through the Department of Children and Family Services

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.