Your reality has spiraled downward to depths which were previously unimaginable to you. Perhaps you’ve lost your job, your home, the support of family and friends - no matter what has led you to where you are today, you fear you may do yourself or someone else harm as a result of your precarious mental state. In these situations, utilizing the Baker Act in order to keep yourself out of harm’s way is the best course of action, but most people are unfamiliar with the specifics surrounding this statute designed to safeguard a person from harming themselves or others in a period of mental instability. What exactly occurs after you Baker Act yourself?
The first step in the process is you getting yourself to a medical facility which accepts Baker Act cases. These facilities are usually hospitals with a psychiatric ward, and a phone call to your nearest hospital is the best way to find out which facilities in your area are able to handle Baker Act patients. Once you’ve determined which facilit