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Need Assistance Right Away, Please Call SEDNET/Counseling at 754-321-3421.

In a case of a Baker Act remember to use the School Resource Officer or law enforcement to assist. Youth Emergency Services can assist in assessment as well 954-677-3113.

Baker Act

Broward County Public Schools offers supports to schools regarding a Baker Act that may occur on campus. A Brainshark training is available for staff here.

Baker Act per Florida Statute 394.455(18) is :

  • Impairment of the mental or emotional processes that exercise conscious control of one’s actions or of the ability to perceive or understand reality.
  • Impairment substantially interferes with a person’s ability to meet the ordinary demands of living.

An Involuntary Examination of a student or person must meet the following criteria:

Involuntary Examination per Florida Statute 394.463(1) is:

  1. Reason to believe person has a mental illness and because of mental illness, person has refused or is unable to determine if examination is necessary, and either:
  2. Without care or treatment, is likely to suffer from neglect or refuse care to self, and such neglect or refusal poses a real and present threat of substantial harm to ones well-being and it is not apparent that such harm may be avoided through the help of willing family members, friends or the provision of other services: or
  3. There is substantial likelihood that without treatment the person will cause in the near future serious bodily harm to self or others, as evidenced by recent behavior.

The above is important information for schools as they work with students. If schools would like to have an in-depth training on this topic or have additional questions, support is available at 754-321-3421.

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For more information:

Chauntea S. Cummings, Ed.S.

SEDNET Project Coordinator/ESE Counseling

Exceptional Student Learning Support