CCHR Hosts Continuing Education Course on the Florida Mental Health Law

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CCHR Hosts Continuing Education Course on the Florida Mental Health Law


CCHR Hosts Continuing Education Course on the Florida Mental Health Law


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CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, November 9, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The mental health law in Florida, known as the Baker Act, allows for individuals of all ages, including children, to be taken into custody and sent for an involuntary psychiatric examination. Unfortunately, the law is often misunderstood and misused prompting the Florida chapter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) to begin offering a continuing education course to help prevent abuse
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Already approved to host continuing education through the Florida Bar on the Baker Act for attorneys, the move to become a provider through the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling was a logical next step.

The most recent course was delivered by attorney Carmen Miller, a former assistant public defender in the Thirteenth Circuit in Tampa, with an extensive background in dealing with Baker Acts. Those in attendance learned the context and intentions of the Baker Act as well as the basic human rights impacted by the Baker Act and its unintended consequences
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The phrase "Baker Act for attorneys" links to a CCHR webpage:

Mental Health Watchdog Hosts Legal Symposium Highlighting Baker Act Abuse Prevention – Citizens Commission on Human Rights, CCHR

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