Almost a year ago I was emailed several times over the course of a few months by people of all ages being abused through involuntary psychiatric hospitalizations.
Many of the nastier stories seemed to come from the U.K. as a result of their Mental Health Act.
It seemed mere rumours of madness are enough to get people involuntary commited for months at a time over there. I figured we had it good here in the U.S.
As time went by I got more and more stories from Floridians and over and over the Baker Act kept coming up
The last straw was an 18 year old woman who complained to me of being Baker Acted a half dozen times a years for years. The lead figures were her mother and her psychologist who whimsically Baker Acted her over and over again.
I decided to do a little digging about the Baker Act and I found a statute every bit as corrosive as the U.K.’s MH Act.
Finally I decided to give a talk about how one might go about beating this Baker Act.
Elsewhere on this blog I have described the events that led to my various hospitalizations.
In all three cases I got myself released.
It occurred to me I might share some of my experiences in being discharged from psychiatric facilities and use that to offset the power of the Baker Act and the helplessness I felt coming from the people corresponding with me.
This is Beating the Baker Act Redux. It completely replaces my old version of this video, ‘Beating the Baker Act: Habeas Corpus and You. It has been totally redone, extended, edited and such.
If you want more details about the topics or events discussed in the video, you can click on the video to get to the youtube page and read the links in the info box. Likewise you can poke around my posts here using the search function and find related posts or pages.
I had some very emotional responses on the video, mostly positive.
On occasion I did get some amusing negative feedback from Florida psych nurses like this nugget.
“I am a nurse who works in florida w/ patients who are Baker Acted. What you are doing is morally wrong. the vast majority of people I take care of are people who in fact need to be protected. I grant to you that there some people that are Baker Acted but don’t need to be. Yet, you are causing more harm than good. When people are Baker Acted they have to show that they are a harm to others. Or harm to themselves. You should feel ashamed.”
Yea, sure ok. I don’t. In this remastered version I cover that criticism.