What does it mean for someone to have been “Baker Acted?”

The Florida Mental Health Act of 1971, often called the Baker Act after representative Maxine Baker who sponsored the bill, allows individuals to be involuntarily institutionalized and examined if there is evidence that they could have a mental illness and be a danger to themselves or others. The Baker Act can be invoked by anyone from judges and law enforcement to doctors, friends and family given the above conditions are met. If you would like to learn more about the Baker Act, whether for yourself, friends, family or to advocate on behalf of community members, our Guardian Advocate program is for you.

How do I know which type of treatment is right for me?

With so many different types of treatment for mental health conditions, it can sometimes be difficult to understand what is right for you. Ultimately, the best way to resolve this is to have an open conversation with a mental health professional about what you are looking for. Getting in touch with help is the first step on the path to recovery. For help finding the right mental health professional for you for free, request a referral through our Connections Referral Program.

What are the different free support groups you offer?

MHACF offers free support groups for Anxiety & Depression, Grief, Sexual Trauma, Suicide and more through our Reflections Peer Recovery Community. Reflections serves to support those in need and bring together a community of peers who care for each other.

How do I find therapy options that work for me?

Trying to find therapy on your own can be difficult. That’s why we have our Connections Referral Program, a free information and referral resource with a huge database of providers to find the right fit for you. Fill out a referral form or call our Connections Specialists to receive all the information you need to begin your path to getting your mental health where you want it.

What are some of the different mental health conditions?

There are many different mental health conditions, with varying symptoms and severity.  Our Mental Health Conditions page can help give you a better understanding some of the most common ones. This page does not serve as a means for diagnosing yourself, but it can help aid your understanding of the mental health conditions that exist.

I’m uninsured and not sure if I can afford treatment.

Finding treatment can sometimes feel difficult and unaffordable for those without insurance. That’s why we launched our Outlook Clinic, which offers free mental health care for Central Florida’s uninsured. Call our Mental Health Connections team at (407) 898-0110 and ask about the Outlook Clinic to learn more.