STOP Involuntary Examination of Children in Florida!
In Florida, CHILDREN may be removed from school, transported to a psychiatric facility and held for up to 72 hours WITHOUT PARENTAL CONSENT!
School personnel or the school resource officer have the legal right to remove a child from school grounds, without parental permission or knowledge, and send them to a psychiatric facility for examination if they feel the child meets the criteria for involuntary commitment. They are only required to inform parents AFTER they have had a child committed and transported to a psychiatric ward.
In 2014, there were a total of 181,471 involuntary examinations initiated which was an almost 82% increase from 2002 to 2014 and 17% (30,850) of the total involuntary examinations were on children.
There were 193,410 involuntary examinations initiated in calendar year 2015 which was an increase of 84.92% from 2003 to 2015 and 34.79% from 2010 to 2015 with 17% (32,882) of the the total involuntary examinations initiated on children.
However, this law also states that a person, including a child, can only be examined if "Without care or treatment, the person is likely to suffer from neglect or refuse to care for himself or herself; such neglect or refusal poses a real and present threat of substantial harm to his or her well-being; 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."
Based on this provision under the law 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 parental approval
2) Parents or legal guardians are told to come to their child's school immediately and get their child 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 permission. 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
- July 26
- Petition has reached 500 signatures! show more
- March 15
- A new website, www.bakeractrights.org, was launched educating parents and guardians on their rights under the Baker Act. This site also provides a way to report abuse and legal forms to download to help protect children from involuntary commitment in Florida. show more
- March 9
- We are now live! show more
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