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Mental Health

Mental health records are confidential. The only person who can obtain information is the person to whom the records pertain (the respondent). Acts concerned with mental health include:

  • Baker Act - A process established by Florida Statutes by which a person whose current mental state poses a danger to that person or to others may be taken to a mental health receiving facility for an involuntary examination.

  • Marchman Act - A process established by Florida Statutes by which a person may be admitted for an involuntary evaluation to determine if his or her judgment is impaired due to substance abuse and he or she has, therefore, lost the power of self-control with respect to substance abuse and poses a danger to himself or herself or to another person.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do you Baker Act someone?
  • Will I be able to talk to the judge?
  • What does the order provide?
  • Will the person know that I did this?
  • What happens once an individual is taken to the facility?
  • Will I be able to attend the hearing?
  • What happens at the hearing?
  • What happens if the person is a minor?
  • What is the procedure for a Marchman Act?
  • Can I do this procedure more than one time?
Mental Health Resources
Mental Health Office Location
Lake County Courthouse (CH)
550 W. Main St., 2nd Floor
Tavares, FL 32778
Phone: (352) 742-4122
Fax: (352) 253-1635