The State Attorney’s Office for Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit is a partner in the mental health field in several ways.
The state is the real party in interest for involuntary Civil Commitment Cases under The Florida Mental Health Act of 1971, commonly known as the “Baker Act.” As such, the state is responsible for litigating cases seeking involuntary inpatient placement for those being held under the Baker Act.
For more information about the Baker Act, including receiving facilities, visit myflfamilies.com/service-programs/mental-health/baker-act.
Additionally, the office works with the Public Defender’s Office, the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court and stakeholders for Mental Health Court. The 12-18 month program in Duval and Nassau counties provides intensive level-based treatment with random drug testing, case management and regular court appearances for those eligible.