Defense attorneys from across the state met at CCHR to discuss strategies to effectively serve families and to eradicate violations of the Baker Act.
CLEARWATER, FL, USA, January 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) recently hosted a continuing legal education event for defense attorneys that focused on changes to the mental health law, significant case law and successful actions for defending the rights of citizens being held under a Baker Act.
The Baker Act, Florida’s mental health law, allows for men, women and children to be taken into custody and held for involuntary psychiatric examination and during fiscal year 2016/2017 there were almost 200,000 Baker Acts, more than doubling from 2001/2002. 
CCHR, a non-profit watchdog organization dedicated to restoring dignity and human rights to the field of mental health, hosted the event as part of a campaign to protect individuals from human rights violations committed through the abusive use and misuse of the Baker Act. During the event attorneys from across the state discussed strategies to effectively serve families and to eradicate violations of the law.
Those attending the event heard from attorneys Justin Drach of Theole Drach Law, Carmen Miller, a former public defender now in private practice specializing in Baker Act cases and Kendra Parris of Parris Law as well as the president of the Florida chapter of CCHR, Diane Stein.
“Handling the Baker Act is really a job for those who care. It isn’t something that all lawyers can do and some won’t do it because there are so many other ways for lawyers to make money. This isn’t an easy way. But children being Baker Acted is horrendous – so we are doing something about it,” said Kendra Parris.
While the original stated intention of the Baker Act was to protect the rights of citizens sent for involuntary psychiatric examination, it has become a source of great abuse prompting CCHR Florida in 2016 to launch a campaign for the purpose of educating Floridians on their rights under this law. Since the launch, CCHR has held hundreds of events educating tens of thousands of people on the Baker Act. Following his presentation, Justin Drach stated that he feels like the group is moving in the right direction and that events such as this one will help bring about much needed change to the mental health law. To learn more about the Baker Act or to reserve a seat at the next Baker Act Defense Attorney Symposium & Summit please call 727-442-8820 or visit www.cchrflorida.org.
About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information visit www.cchrflorida.org.
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Source: EIN Presswire