Baker Act reform: Protect the vulnera...

Baker Act reform: Protect the vulnerable with changes in law

There are 37 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Feb 18, 2004, titled Baker Act reform: Protect the vulnerable with changes in law. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

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Susan Piskorowski

Brandon, FL

#1 Dec 23, 2006
My husband says he is going to Baker Act" me. I am not mentally ill. He says I am. What should I do?
Susan Piskorowski

Brandon, FL

#2 Dec 23, 2006
ie: What can he really do to me. Should I be scared?
concerned one

United States

#3 Apr 28, 2008
Susan Piskorowski wrote:
ie: What can he really do to me. Should I be scared?
Don't worry about it. They can scan the chip, that was implanted under your skin by the aliens, to see that you're not really nuts.
John

AOL

#4 Jun 15, 2008
The Baker Act can be a horrible travesty, as well as a good thing. My wife is in there right now. She told her therapist that sometimes she thinks death would be better than life. That's all. The police came and got her. Now they are imprissoning her and say shes fine but they want to holdher for a few days anyway. Money hungry communist Bastards I call them. Her only problem is she has excellent insurance and thay want to get every last penny they can. If they came to get me I would never get out of there. I'm not depressed of suicidal or anything but I am human and now knowing the "treatment" you receive I would fight and that would get me ore "treatment" and the cycle would continue for ever I guess. These people have rights too. Oh nand by the wayher treatment has consisted of getting strip searched daily. Meeting with a shrink for less tahn one minute. No one else. and providing all her insurance information repeatedly. If they come to youjr house to get you run like hell!!!!!!!
Happened to Us

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#5 Aug 27, 2008
John wrote:
The Baker Act can be a horrible travesty, as well as a good thing. My wife is in there right now. She told her therapist that sometimes she thinks death would be better than life. That's all. The police came and got her. Now they are imprissoning her and say shes fine but they want to holdher for a few days anyway. Money hungry communist Bastards I call them. Her only problem is she has excellent insurance and thay want to get every last penny they can. If they came to get me I would never get out of there. I'm not depressed of suicidal or anything but I am human and now knowing the "treatment" you receive I would fight and that would get me ore "treatment" and the cycle would continue for ever I guess. These people have rights too. Oh nand by the wayher treatment has consisted of getting strip searched daily. Meeting with a shrink for less tahn one minute. No one else. and providing all her insurance information repeatedly. If they come to youjr house to get you run like hell!!!!!!!
Wow John you hit the nail on the head if you have insurance they will keep you. It took Joanne from NAMI to get my son released his father wants him committed permanently. I have been fighting it for over a year now he is in college making A's. 2000. grand a month to my attorney to keep my son free. Thank God he has a wonderful Psychiatrist who has him on the meds that keep him just fine. This is scary stuff Mental Illness. If you need help call NAMI their legal department helped get my son released.
Happened to Us

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#6 Aug 27, 2008
Susan Piskorowski wrote:
My husband says he is going to Baker Act" me. I am not mentally ill. He says I am. What should I do?
Don't be scared call your local NAMI they will help you. Go straight to Woman in Distress.
Who pays

Jacksonville, FL

#7 Aug 27, 2008
I was Baker Acted in FL and now am receiving bills in the thousands that my insurance company is not going to pay. Who is actually, by law, responsible for all the costs of being held against your will? Does anyone know the answer to this? A young police officer asked me when I was upset if I was suicidal and I told him NO. I was not then and am not now. I actually have good insurance and was told the first day I was there by other "inmates" that if you have good insurance they keep you longer. Sure enough, I was there an entire week. I am considering a law suit.
Dragged from my home

Melbourne, FL

#8 Dec 8, 2008
I was bruised from fingetips to above shoulders being dragged from my home by St. Petersburg Florida Police. Xrays wee taken by treatment faclity. NO ABUSE REORT MADE. I was released 3 days later after drugs were forced. My treatment does not include drugs only talk therapy. The treatment facility did not provide me with an attorney as te said I was voluntary.
I had to forget a lawsuit. They are allowed to do this by law!!!!
Amused

San Antonio, TX

#9 Apr 8, 2009
This opinion piece operates completely from the perspective of wanting to get more mentally ill people institutionalized as easily as possible.

It ignores the reality of Baker Act being used as a retaliatory (or preemptive) strike against a spouse or family member.

Or the ability of the police to use it to confine criminal suspects when they otherwise have no evidence to justify it.

The results of the Baker Act can be as bad or worse than criminal incarceration. The process should be just as fair and thorough as a criminal trial.
LEO

Pompano Beach, FL

#10 May 18, 2009
Happened to Us wrote:
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Don't be scared call your local NAMI they will help you. Go straight to Woman in Distress.
Your husband can't Baker Act you. He can call the Police and they will come out and check on you but if you don’t fit the criteria, you won’t be Baker Acted. The ridiculous part is the people on here who would have you fear the police coming to your home. There are no officers running around looking to Baker Act people. We don’t use it in place of probable cause or any other b.s. that these people are feeding you. The most important thing is that if you need help you should get it, before it becomes necessary for emergency services to be called. Like the article states, most people that need help deny that they have a problem.
Bewildered

Cape Coral, FL

#11 Jan 17, 2010
Leo wrote: "Your husband can't Baker Act you." Not true at all. Your husband can petition the court for a ex parte order for you to be Baker Acted. This from DCF website on friends and family seeking ex parte order for involuntary examination:
HOW DO I FILE AN INVOLUNTARY BAKER ACT?

If you are willing to swear in an Affidavit that you have witnessed an individual causing harm to themselves or others, a Baker Act action can be filed in one of local court Clerk’s Office locations.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I FILE THE AFFIDAVIT?

Your sworn Affidavit will be reviewed by the Court. If the Court believes, based on the evidence available, that the person appears to meet the criteria for involuntary placement, an Order will be entered for the Sheriff to pick up and transport the person to a facility.

WHEN WILL THE ORDER BE SERVED ON THE PERSON?

The Sheriff will make every attempt to take the person into custody and transport the person to a facility. If the person cannot be located by the Sheriff, the Sheriff will hold the Order for seven (7) days and continue attempts to take the person into custody.

(Run Bambi...run!!!)

“LEST WE FORGET...”

Since: Apr 09

MT DORA FL

#12 Jan 17, 2010
Bewildered wrote:
Leo wrote: "Your husband can't Baker Act you." Not true at all. Your husband can petition the court for a ex parte order for you to be Baker Acted. This from DCF website on friends and family seeking ex parte order for involuntary examination:
HOW DO I FILE AN INVOLUNTARY BAKER ACT?
If you are willing to swear in an Affidavit that you have witnessed an individual causing harm to themselves or others, a Baker Act action can be filed in one of local court Clerk’s Office locations.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I FILE THE AFFIDAVIT?
Your sworn Affidavit will be reviewed by the Court. If the Court believes, based on the evidence available, that the person appears to meet the criteria for involuntary placement, an Order will be entered for the Sheriff to pick up and transport the person to a facility.
WHEN WILL THE ORDER BE SERVED ON THE PERSON?
The Sheriff will make every attempt to take the person into custody and transport the person to a facility. If the person cannot be located by the Sheriff, the Sheriff will hold the Order for seven (7) days and continue attempts to take the person into custody.
(Run Bambi...run!!!)
Leo speaks the truth. I was sent to a facility under the Baker Act by my mother who was in her late 70's. She did the court thing and told them I was homicidal and had tried to push her down the steps. She had actually tripped down a 2-step landing at my home in Nashville (this happened in Florida; no steps in the house here) over 6-8 weeks earlier. I was going thru a divorce at the time and was with a man.......ooooooooooooooh. I stayed at the facility for 11 days. Declared bankruptcy about 9 months later 'cause I could not pay the medical bills.

SIGNORINABELLA
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Since: Jan 09

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#13 Jan 17, 2010
Susan Piskorowski wrote:
ie: What can he really do to me. Should I be scared?
If he is serious, I would head him off at the pass! Go get an evaluation done on your own with a doctor of your own choice, secretly, tell this doctor what he is trying to do to you. When you get a clean bill of health, throw it in your husbands face. Problem solved.

SIGNORINABELLA
Level 1

Since: Jan 09

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#14 Jan 17, 2010
LMAO I just realized that Susans post was made in 2006, 4 years ago. Oh well it was sound advice anyway, lol!

“LEST WE FORGET...”

Since: Apr 09

MT DORA FL

#15 Jan 17, 2010
SIGNORINABELLA wrote:
LMAO I just realized that Susans post was made in 2006, 4 years ago. Oh well it was sound advice anyway, lol!
She has probably spent a month in Lifestream (in Leesburg), goes to Bipolar support group every day and filed bankruptcy to pay the Lifestream bills already. LOL

SIGNORINABELLA
Level 1

Since: Jan 09

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#16 Jan 17, 2010
whataboutcaylee wrote:
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She has probably spent a month in Lifestream (in Leesburg), goes to Bipolar support group every day and filed bankruptcy to pay the Lifestream bills already. LOL
I feel bad for her, her husband shouldn't threaten her with that. I am sorry that it happened to you too. I wonder how she made out.

Level 8

Since: Aug 09

New York

#17 Jan 18, 2010
Yes I see that the baker act would come in handy for some who are truly in need of it.

One in particular may need it again.

:)

It keeps her from harming herself and others.
victim of conspiracy

Los Angeles, CA

#18 Feb 15, 2010
pretty bad when someone gets setup. think mental torture from afar doesn't exist. be careful when looking into these types of matters, some will stop at nothing to silence innocent people.
Katie

United States

#19 Feb 21, 2010
Happened to Us wrote:
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Wow John you hit the nail on the head if you have insurance they will keep you. It took Joanne from NAMI to get my son released his father wants him committed permanently. I have been fighting it for over a year now he is in college making A's. 2000. grand a month to my attorney to keep my son free. Thank God he has a wonderful Psychiatrist who has him on the meds that keep him just fine. This is scary stuff Mental Illness. If you need help call RNAMI their legal department helped get my son released.
Right its all about milking the insurance company,I was sent to one for 12 days(amount of time my insurance would pay)forced to attend ridiculous group classes everyday,where a so-called conseler would ask questions (idototic) such as when was the last time you laughed while strolling in the park.The whole place and staff made me sick.The doctor i was assigned to i could'nt stand.The whole thing was all about family member saying i was abusing zanax,which really was not.They forced me to detox off them,to make a long story short,i soon after that found a doctor whom put me back on that medication,stating i needed it.The rehab center and staff made me sick with their controll over me and forcing their opinions on me.They are sicker in my opinion than 60% of the patients in there.
Judi Simmons

Winter Springs, FL

#20 Mar 19, 2010
my husband and I have been separated for 11 months, but we are still married.he lives in a diffent county than i do.he has a history of schizophrenia, but is not on any meds. we have been married for 26 years.his behavior, is really out of control these last few years.my question is, would I have the right to baker act him since we dont live together? he asked me to once while we lived together..Judi

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