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    How does one baker Act a person? If they are suicidal or a threat to someone who is not a legally married to them but have lived together 15+ years and have a child?

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    Originally posted by gettingby101 View Post
    How does one baker Act a person? If they are suicidal or a threat to someone who is not a legally married to them but have lived together 15+ years and have a child?
    While the person is exhibiting the problem behaviour, call the police. Or, if the person is already under the care of a mental health professional you can also call your area's crisis hotline, it should be listed in your phone book.

    The quickest way is the police, but they cannot do anything unless they actually witness the person being a threat to himself or others.

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      Thats the whole problem she doesnt want him in jail just to get help. If she calls the police it will give him a record not to mention the money she does not have. Cant a family member admit him to a hospital.

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        Originally posted by gettingby101 View Post
        Thats the whole problem she doesnt want him in jail just to get help. If she calls the police it will give him a record not to mention the money she does not have. Cant a family member admit him to a hospital.
        IF the police Baker Act a person, they are NOT taken to jail, nor does it create a police record for that person.

        Yes, a family memeber can admit him to a hospital, but only with his permission. A family member can take him to the ER, and if he is exhibiting behaviour that leads a Dr (or the police) to reasonably belive that he might harm himself or others, he can be "Baker Acted". He would be placed, against his will, into a crisis stabilazation unit (or mental health facilty) for up to 72 hours. This gives enough time for a Dr to evaluate him. Then, if the Dr finds that it is safe to release him, or if he convinces the Dr that he is not a danger to himself or anyone, he will have to be released within that 72 hours.
        Hopefully, he will see that he needs help and will agree to treatment.

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