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Baker Act & Marchman Act and Co-Occurring Disorders Web Event (Previous Event)


Title: Baker Act and Marchman Act process: A Comparison and Contrast (10:00-12:00)

Target Audience:  Court personnel, law enforcement personnel, ED staff, substance abuse providers, Baker Act receiving facility staff, and others involved in the Baker Act and Marchman Act process.

Purpose:  To ensure that key personnel fully understand their responsibilities under Florida's Mental Health Act and the Florida Substance Abuse Impairment Act, including the appropriate initiation of voluntary / involuntary admission and protection of client rights, in compliance with the law.

Program Overview:  This Webinar and PowerPoint presentation will address comparison between the Florida Baker Act and Marchman Act requirements as they pertain to examination criteria, eligibility, release compliance, and patient rights.

Program Objectives:  Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • State the Baker Act and Marchman Act voluntary and involuntary examination criteria,
  • Identify which individuals are legally eligible to consent to admission and treatment,
  • Discuss provider duty to accept an individual for examination or refer 

Session Break 12:00-1:00

Title: Update on Treating Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders in the Community (1:00-2:30)

Target Audience:  Substance abuse providers, social workers, Baker Act receiving facility staff, those who treat persons with COD, court personnel, law enforcement personnel, ED staff

Purpose:  To provide an update on common presentations of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder found in persons being treated in community settings. 

Program Overview:  Elements of a comprehensive assessment will be discussed.  The concept of integrated care will be reviewed and models of evidence-based practiced focused on persons with CODs will be explored.  Web-based resources will also be identified. 

Program Objectives:

  • Review of common presentation of co-occurring disorders
  • Elements of a Comprehensive Assessment of Persons with COD
Models for Integrating Care for Persons with COD

Computer Requirements

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Continuing Education

A web event regarding Baker Act has been reviewed and approved for continuing education credits for nurses, licensed psychologists, licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family counselors.  There is a $25 fee for the training CEs regardless of the number of credits requested.


CE Professions

Click here to view the list of CE professions and available education(pdf)
Directions on how to obtain necessary forms to receive CEs will be fully explained during the training.

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