CCHR Florida Hosts Mental Health Law Parental Rights Webinar

Tampa Bay-area attorney and former Deputy Public Defender for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Carmen Miller, Esq., will be the guest speaker at the mental health rights webinar.

CCHR Florida's head office is located in downtown Clearwater.

CCHR Florida’s head office is located in downtown Clearwater.

It was reported during the Baker Act Task Force that approximately 30% of children being Baker Acted in Pinellas County alone did not meet the criteria.

It was reported during the Baker Act Task Force that approximately 30% of children being Baker Acted in Pinellas County alone did not meet the criteria.

As reported by the Baker Act Reporting Center, more than 37,000 involuntary psychiatric examinations have been initiated on children across the state.

As reported by the Baker Act Reporting Center, more than 37,000 involuntary psychiatric examinations have been initiated on children across the state.

Currently, there are the equivalent of one hundred Baker Acts initiated on a child every day of the year.

Currently, there are the equivalent of one hundred Baker Acts initiated on a child every day of the year.

The webinar is designed to give parents a basic understanding of the legislation passed over the past two years to protect children and parental rights.

Parental rights are fundamental and it is essential that parents know and understand their rights when it comes to directing the mental health of their children.

— Diane Stein, CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, USA, June 7, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Florida Chapter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is sponsoring a free live webinar with attorney Carmen Miller, Esq. Saturday, June 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the theme of parental rights and the law on mental health. The purpose of the event is to educate parents on how to deal with the dangers their child could face in the event of a violation of the baker law – a Florida law that allows people, including children of all ages, to be taken into custody for involuntary psychiatric examination.

More than 37,000 involuntary reviews involving children were initiated in 2019 and many of these Baker acts began in school settings. Mental health human rights advocates, such as the CCHR, have long accused these child seizures of circumventing parental rights and have pointed out that children are the fastest growing demographic group. [1]

Over the past two legislative sessions, the efforts of concerned citizens, the CCHR and other mental health activists have helped pass bills including the School Safety Bill and the Parents’ Bill of Rightswhich now offer new layers of protection – giving parents back their right to choose when it comes to their children’s mental health. [2]

“Parental rights are fundamental and it is essential that parents know and understand their rights when it comes to directing the mental health of their children,” says Diane Stein, president of CCHR in Florida.

The learning objectives of the webinar include:

* Understand some of the basic rights of parents in Florida,
* Learn the Baker Law process in a school and what a parent can do to better protect their child.
* Examine the options available to parents regarding the mental health of their children

It will be an informative and stimulating hour. Anyone interested in attending the event should call 800-782-2878.

About CCHR: Originally established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuse under the guise of mental health and enact protections for patients and consumers . L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, was the first to make psychiatric imprisonment known to the general public: , you are. All in the name of ‘sanity’,” he wrote in March 1969.

Sources:

[1] Baker Law Report https://www.usf.edu/cbcs/baker-act/documents/ba_usf_annual_report_2018_2019.pdf

[2] Costly and cruel

https://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/com_special_report_baker_act_costly_and_cruel.pdf

Diane Stein
Florida Citizens Commission on Human Rights
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As a parent in Florida, you have the right to help your minor child in times of crisis before the initiation of a Baker Act.

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