North Florida Facility Serves as Central Receiving Facility for both Baker Act and Marchman Act Cases – These two acts are similar but the differences are critical: Florida has two separate laws designed to help those in need of treatment and/or stabilization as a result of mental health or drug/alcohol addiction issues. They are very separate and distinct laws, but now, a new facility serving eight Northern Florida Counties, including the Tallahassee area (Leon County), known as the “Apalachee Center”, will serve as a reception center and receiving facility for both mental health patients under the Baker Act as well as continue to receive and house the only detox unit and receives all Marchman Act patients in the area. Although the new combined use for this facility joins both the Baker and Marchman Act “under one roof”, it is important to understand the differences. First of all, the Baker Act is a law that allows someone to be placed in a protective facility for up to 72 hours to stabilize a mental health issue only. The Baker act is NOT a vehicle to force someone into stabilization and/or treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction. The significant limitation of the Baker Act, unlike the Marchman Act, is that it only provides for a maximum of 72 hours of supervision in a locked facility. The Marchman Act, on the other hand, is a much more powerful law than the Baker Act because the Marchman Act provides first a period of 5 days of mandatory detoxification and/or stabilization to be followed, if recommended as being necessary, a 60-day period of court ordered treatment either in a residential facility or an outpatient setting, depending on the specific recommendations of the treating health care professional at the detox center. In addition, under the Marchman Act, it is possible to have the 60-day period of mandatory treatment extended up to an additional 90 days, if the respondent still is unable to appreciate the need for care as a result of their addiction and is still a risk to themselves or others as a result of their drug or alcohol addiction. Robert E. Gluck, a former drug court prosecutor in Miami-Dade County, now handles Marchman Act cases in all the counties covered by the Apalachee Center, to include cases in Franklin, Gadsen, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla Counties. In addition, Robert Gluck has handled Marchman Act cases throughout Florida and has appeared in Hillsborough County, Pasco County, Lee County, Collier County, Palm Beach County, Broward County and Dade County just to name a few. It is important to hire a Marchman Act lawyer for drug or alcohol addiction issues and to NOT confuse the Marchman Act with the Baker Act because usually, there is not much a lawyer can do to assist a family under the Baker Act. Robert Gluck and his law firm looks forward to working with the new Apalachee Center, now opened as both a Baker Act and Marchman act centralized receiving facility. Mr. Gluck can help you or your loved ones with a Marchman Act filing anywhere in the State of Florida so just send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or if an emergency, call him on his cell phone any time at (954) 895-7455. Read the full story
There’s an important topic to include in the discussion of how to help a drug addict. It is not widely used, but is becoming more common in the mental health and substance abuse counseling and program management work. The topic is the Marchman Act. It’s saved lives. Under the Marchman Act, named after the late Rev. Hal Marchman, of Daytona Beach, a single relative or guardian, or three friends, can petition the court to order an involuntary assessment of an alcoholic or drug abuser deemed in their good faith judgment to be in danger for their life and health. The person or persons can go to the County Courthouse and fill out the paperwork. The judge will review it, and if it’s found worthy, issue an order for an involuntary assessment. If the assessment shows the person to be in need of treatment to protect their life and health, they will be adjudicated to mandatory treatment which can last up to 60 days. The act applies both to juveniles and to adults. If the person violates the judge’s court order, they can be incarcerated. Virtually all persons comply with the judge's order. For more information on Marchman Act cases call attorney Robert Gluck at 1-877-GLUCK-LAW. You can also visit him on the internet at www.robertgluck.com/marchman-act.html.
Pain management clinics in Florida are supposed to help those of us who are usually at our most vulnerable and desperate for help. Unfortunately, many times, instead of helping their patients, they are helping themselves by lining their pockets with the government’s cash. There is absolutely no excuse for clinics to steel from the Medicare system, which is really a theft from all American taxpayers. They make enough money practicing medicine. This particular clinic agreed to a 7.4 million dollar fine. One can only imagine how much they actually stole and got away with. This has to stop. If you need help guiding a loved one to a pain management clinic that is in full compliance with the law, call me any time at 877 Gluck-Law. I can help with accidents, injuries, criminal matters and involuntary commitments for loved ones in need of drug treatment who are refusing to get help on their own. You can visit my website also at: Robertgluck.com $7.4M Settlement Reached by Florida Pain-Management ClinicA surgery and pain-management clinic in Florida has agreed to pay $7.4M in fines to the federal government. The clinic, Coastal Spine and Pain Center, has agreed to settle a lawsuit that claims they administered expensive, unnecessary testing to their clients and then billed the federal government. The suit claims that the clinic drug tested each client twice when only one test is typically needed. The clinic made a statement that they decided to settle the case in order to “focus on [their] patients.”
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