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The Baker Act Reporting Center was established in 1997 to collect, process, analyze and report on statewide Baker Act exam initiation data. As of 2018, the Baker Act Reporting Center also collects petitions and orders for involuntary placement from County Clerks of Court on behalf of the Department of Children and Families (DCF).
The Center works closely with County Clerks of Court across the State to facilitate the timely and accurate submission of petitions and orders for involuntary placement in order to assist Clerks with compliance with Florida Statute 394.
As a result of SB12 in 2016 and FCCC Advisory 18-009, Clerks of Court are required to submit the following documents to the Baker Act Reporting Center. [The statutory reference relevant to submission of each type of form is listed for each form.]
- Petition for Involuntary Inpatient Placement [394.467(3)]
- Petition for Involuntary Outpatient Placement/Outpatient Services [394.4655(4)(c)]
- Certificate & Continued Individualized Treatment Plan of Outpatient Treatment [394.4655(8)(a)4]
- Order for Involuntary Inpatient Placement [394.463(2)(e)]
- Order for Involuntary Outpatient Placement/Outpatient Services [394.463(2)(e)]
Clerks of Court are required to submit the following documents to the Baker Act Reporting Center: Note that prior to 2016 Involuntary Outpatient Services was referred to as Involuntary Outpatient Placement.
Involuntary Inpatient Placement:
- Petition for Involuntary Inpatient Placement (DCF suggested form CF-MH 3032) [394.467(3)]
- Order for Involuntary Inpatient Placement (suggested form CF-MH 3008)
Involuntary Outpatient Placement:
No. The Baker Act requires the submission of unredacted forms.
Clerks of Court typically submit documents on a daily, weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis depending on their counties' work flow and volume.