The News-Press Looks at Shortcomings in Florida’s Mental Health Assistance

The News-Press article is well done, and worth a read. Dr. Frederick Schaerf, who is extremely well thought of in the legal community in Southwest Florida gets to the heart of the issue: even if there are improvements in the Baker Act (involuntary commitment), that treatment doesn’t necessarily follow after the evaluation. Baker Acts save lives of people who are in immediate danger of harming themselves or others, but the system does not adequately follow through for the continuing needs of the mentally ill. Many times these people fall through the crack, and frequently end up in the criminal system. Check out the article on the News-Press:

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