Mental Health


Mental Health Specialty Division "T"

Started in 2009, this effective collaboration between Court Administration, the State Attorney's Office, the Public Defender's Office, and contracted Expert Witnesses, has allowed for felony competency cases to be transferred into a specialty division where cases are resolved in about half the time as cases processed through traditional methods. Once the defendant is found competent, the case returns to the original division.

Felony cases where there is an issue of competency to proceed, may be transferred into the Division via a written motion for appointment of experts and a proposed Order Temporarily Reassigning Case to the Mental Health Specialty Division. The motion and proposed order should be presented to the Divisional Judge. If the Judge enters the Order, a copy must be forwarded to the Mental Health Case Manager, Nicholas Fricke, at nfricke@pbcgov.org. The case will be set in the Mental Health Specialty Division, Division T, at the Criminal Justice Complex on Gun Club Road.

Circuit Judge Joseph Marx presides over the Mental Health Specialty Division.

Forms


Baker Act and Marchman Act Cases

Baker Act-Florida Statute Chapter 394

Florida's Baker Act law is a means of providing individuals who are a danger to themselves and/or others with emergency services and temporary detention for up to 72 hours for mental health examination. The Baker Act DOES NOT guarantee long term placement for individuals. To learn more about the Baker Act process click here Baker Act Flyer Adobe PDF

Marchman Act

A Marchman Act is a court order for an individual to have an involuntary assessment (and possibly involuntary treatment), for substance abuse when there is reason to believe that the person is substance abuse impaired and because of the impairment, he or she has lost the power of self control over substance use. To learn more about the Marchman Act process click here: Marchman Act Flyer Adobe PDF

For Providers/Attorneys


Guardian Advocates in Baker Act Cases

A guardian advocate is a person appointed by the court to make decisions regarding the mental health treatment of an individual who has been found to be incompetent to consent to treatment under the Baker Act. The guardian advocate may be granted specific additional powers by written order of the court. See Section 394.4598, F.S.

If you are interested in volunteering as a Guardian Advocate you will need to complete a 4 hour free training and a criminal background check. You can access the training at the following website: http://flguardianadvocate.org. For any questions on the process please contact Mary Quinlan at mquinlan@pbcgov.org.


Mental Health Services in the Community



Mary Quinlan
Program Manager

Room:

Main Judicial Complex
205 N Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Phone:
(561) 355-1925