For professionals that work in the fields of mental health, school counseling, law enforcement, social work or marriage counseling, knowing the laws, protections and intent behind the Florida mental health law, called the Baker Act, is imperative.
The Florida chapter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a psychiatric watchdog organization, is offering a complimentary seminar to better educate professionals on the laws and potential abuses of the Baker Act.
While the total number of Baker Acts initiated in Florida have dropped for the past two years following an all-time historic high of over 210,000, the president for CCHR in Florida, Diane Stein, cautions that the fight to protect mental health human rights is just beginning and it is more important than ever for those authorized to initiate an involuntary psychiatric examination to understand the law and the rights of citizens.
The seminar will be delivered by attorney Carmen Miller. Ms. Miller has served as a private practice attorney in the Tampa Bay area for many years and is an expert on the Baker Act. Prior to opening her own firm. Miller served for over 8 years as an assistant public defender for the 13th judicial district in Hillsborough County.
Designed to provide attendees with a better understanding of the Baker Act, specific learning objectives for the event include:
1. Understanding the legal context and intentions of the Baker Act.
2. Being able to describe the laws regarding involuntary examinations.
3. Being able to identify the basic human rights impacted by the Baker Act and the Act’s unintended consequences.
4. Obtaining action steps to help protect yourself and those impacted by the Baker Act.
This seminar will be held on May 13th from 2:00pm-3:30pm at the offices of CCHR – 109 N. Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. It is also accessible by Zoom. Click Here to register or call 800-782-2878.
About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health. The Florida chapter of CCHR is an award-winning nonprofit in the area of mental health human rights and government relations. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969.
Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida
109 North Fort Harrison Avenue
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