Learning about Baker Act
Baker Act is a way to mandate the emergency treatment that has to happen for the patient's mental health. Sometimes, it can be scary for a patient.
Dr. Melissa Franco, Family Medicine Physician with Baptist Health Primary Care, affirms physicians do Baker act for the patients’ help and for their own good. “They may be so severely depressed they don’t realize how much of a risk they are to themselves or to others”.
Baker act means patient is going to a more complete evaluation, she says.