Parental Rights and The Baker Act

by | Aug 10, 2021

In 2021, Florida created the Parents’ Bill of Rights. This new section of Florida law makes it clear that it is a fundamental right of a parent to direct the upbringing, education, health care, and mental health of his or her minor child. Additionally, changes were made to how the involuntary psychiatric examination law, the Baker Act, is applied to minor children in school.

In this interview, the President for the Florida chapter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights covers the changes to the law and how it affects families in Florida.


  1. William

    If any one of you could please help me my daughter has been Baker acted in Florida. Today they administered medicine without my consent. I need help and I need to get her the proper care that she deserves. Please point me in the direction of who I can contact

    • CCHR Florida

      If you have not already done so, please call our office at 800-782-2878.

  2. Sara Maurer

    Thank you for providing me with the knowledge I needed to have my daughter quickly released from an unnecessary and unlawful Baker Act. They released her within a couple of hours of me going to the right people with the right information you supplied me with. Now I can get my little girl the help she needs.

    • CCHR Florida

      I relayed your comment to Eileen and she was very thankful to hear this news. We are glad your child is home safe with you so that you are able to help her.

  3. Melissa Weber

    Thank you for all you do!

    • CCHR Florida

      You’re welcome!

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