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Baker Act

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The legislature approved provisions requiring parents be notified before their child is sent for an involuntary psychiatric exam.
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The Southern Poverty Law Center is the latest organization to call out the Baker Act’s use on children. The organization's Bacardi Jackson discusses the findings.
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When it comes to children, Florida's law regarding involuntary commitments for psychiatric treatment is applied inconsistently.
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To keep children from being committed under the Baker Act, some schools are addressing early childhood trauma and changing their approach to student discipline.
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Data shows children who are committed under the Baker Act often are referred by school officials. School shootings and other incidents have placed more pressure on officials to intervene.
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Each year, about 36,000 children in Florida are involuntarily committed for psychiatric evaluations under the state's Baker Act and disabled kids are becoming increasingly ensnared.
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The number of children who are taken for involuntary psychiatric evaluations in Florida increases every year. This is the first story in a five-part series about how the state's Baker Act affects children.

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