The Mental Health Department assists the community by providing confidential services to families regarding mental health disorders. The Marchman Act was established to provide involuntary treatment for substances abuse (whether illegal drugs, prescription drugs or alcohol.) F.S. 397. The Baker Act is used in cases where the person has a mental illness and meets all remaining criteria for voluntary or involuntary admission. F.S. 394. If you have a question or would like more information, please consult our list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
The Mental Health Department is located in the Washington County Clerk of Court, 1293 Jackson Avenue, Suite 101, Chipley, Florida. Our office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. We can be contacted by telephone at (850) 638-6285.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the fee for filing a Baker or Marchman petition?
There is no fee for filing a petition.
Who can sign a petition involving a juvenile?
1. Natural parent
2. Legal guardian
3. Legal custodian
Can an adult apply for voluntary admission?
Yes, an adult may apply for voluntary admission if found to show evidence of mental illness, to be competent to provide express and informed consent, and to be suitable for treatment. An individual can only apply for voluntary treatment at the treatment facility.