Help Protect Children from Unjust Involuntary Psychiatric Examination!

Diane Stein
Diane Stein Clearwater 124 Comments
429 Signatures Goal: 5,000

FLORIDA RESIDENTS ONLY PLEASE!

It is the opinion of CCHR that before a school initiates an involuntary psychiatric examination of a minor that they should first ensure that a child is not simply exhibiting “anti-social behavior” which is specifically excluded from the definition of mental illness in Florida. Children have tantrums and teenagers have dramatic moments – all of which can be misinterpreted as signs of mental illness when in fact they are normal childhood behaviors.

If the school personnel authorized to initiate an involuntary examination, called a Baker Act, truly believe that the behavior of a child is a result of mental illness then in our opinion, and according to the criteria for initiation, the parent or legal guardian should be contacted for the purpose of obtaining consent for a voluntary examination. This opinion is based on the existing law which you can read about more on our website at “Involuntary Examination of Minors”.

This is NOT being done. Instead involuntary examinations are being initiated on children without parental knowledge. The parent finds out AFTER their child has been Baker Acted.

Just in Florida there were 32,475 children sent for involuntary psychiatric examination during fiscal year 2015-2016.

This violation of human rights is happening to children as young as six years of age who are being Baker Acted without parental knowledge. A BuzzFeed investigative news report titled “HOW A 6-YEAR-OLD GOT LOCKED ON A PSYCH WARD” illustrates the abusive use of the Baker Act and the undermining of parental rights in Florida.

Based on the above this petition is demanding that:

1) Parents or legal guardians are notified immediately by the school officials (not the police) BEFORE the police are contacted. No involuntary examination may be initiated without the parent first being given the right to refuse voluntary treatment as laid out in Florida Statute 394.463 Involuntary examination, which states “The person has refused voluntary examination after conscientious explanation and disclosure of the purpose of the examination.” For a minor the person who may consent for treatment of any kind is a parent or legal guardian.

2) Parents or legal guardians are told to come to their child's school immediately and given information on the situation. If no contact at first call - all emergency numbers for the child are called until someone is reached

3) At NO time is a child removed from school premises without parental knowledge. Parents or legal guardians are to be given the option to take full responsibility for their child and work with the school and police to calm the situation down as laid out in Florida Statute 394.463 Involuntary examination, which states “and it is not apparent that such harm may be avoided through the help of willing family members or friends or the provision of other services.”

4) That the existing law governing the involuntary psychiatric examination of children be amended to restore parental rights by clearly stating the exact procedure that must be followed for a minor and by enacting penalties for failure to properly execute this law

  • Charles Alexander
    Charles Alexander United States
    Nov 19, 2017
    Nov 19, 2017
    My son was Baker Acted by a guidance councilor when my wife, who is the school nurse, was right across the hall and was not consulted.
  • Alan Hahn
    Alan Hahn United States
    Nov 05, 2017
    Nov 05, 2017
    Well done every parent should see this.
  • Brigitte Castillo
    Brigitte Castillo United States, Miami
    Oct 27, 2017
    Oct 27, 2017
    This is an emergency, Baker Act MUST be shredded entirely, or must be ONLY acted through a SAFE SYSTEM not by anyone who might needed baker acted, more than the person they are baker acting upon ... IS ABUSIVE, ITS DANGEROUS IS HORRENDOUS WHEN DONE BY CRIMINALS ....
  • Patricia Hapner
    Patricia Hapner United States, Fort Myers
    Oct 23, 2017
    Oct 23, 2017
    This happened to my son after they drilled him for an hour and he was asking them to call his mom, he wanted his mom.But they said no and he was scared.What is this state doing to our kids!!!
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