32,475 Involuntary Psychiatric Examinations Initiated on Children in Florida

Normal Childhood Behavior is not a Mental Illness

Normal Childhood Behavior is not a Mental Illness

One in six Baker Acts were initiated on children during 2015/2016 prompting CCHR to launch a public information campaign to educate families on their rights.

While the original stated intention of the Baker Act was to protect the rights of citizens sent for involuntary psychiatric examination, it has become a source of great abuse. ”
— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, June 28, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health, regularly hosts a seminar on the Florida mental health law, commonly referred to as the Baker Act, for the purpose of educating the public on their rights and how they can protect themselves and their loved ones from the abusive use of this law.

In the 15 years from Fiscal Year (FY) 2001/2002 to 2015/2016 the number of involuntary psychiatric examinations in Florida more than doubled with 194,354 Baker Acts initiated. Even more disturbing is that statewide involuntary examinations for children increased 49.30% from FY 2010/2011 to 2015/2016. [1]

The alarming increase in the number of involuntary psychiatric examinations and the fact that one in six Baker Acts were initiated on children during FY 2015/2016 prompted CCHR to launch a public information campaign to educate Floridians on their rights under this law. As part of this campaign, CCHR hosts a seminar delivered by attorney Carmen Miller who, as a former Assistant Public Defender in the Thirteenth Circuit in Tampa, has a great deal of experience on the mental health law. Now in the private sector, Ms. Miller specializes in cases of those who have been Baker Acted.

“Most people are not aware that one’s child can be taken right out of school and Baker Acted, without knowledge or consent from the parents,” said Mrs. Miller, “People need to know their rights so they can protect themselves and their loved ones.”

While the original stated intention of the Baker Act was to protect the rights of citizens sent for involuntary psychiatric examination, it has become a source of great abuse. To learn more about the Baker Act or to reserve a seat at the next seminar please call 727-442-8820.

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 and enact patient and consumer protections. It was L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, who brought the terror of psychiatric imprisonment to the notice of the world. In March 1969, he said, “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.’” For more information visit, www.cchrflorida.org

Sources:

[1] Baker Act Annual Report http://www.usf.edu/cbcs/baker-act/documents/annual_report.pdf

Diane Stein
Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida
(727) 422-8820
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