Patients are allowed to have 2 changes of clothes. We do provide laundry service. Belts, strings, and under-wire bras are not allowed. Food is not allowed. Hygiene products are provided and are not allowed with the exception of the Sheridan Oaks unit. Staff will examine all items brought in.
Do you provide housing/placement after discharge?Circles of Care2020-04-30T07:57:37-04:00
While a patient, you will be assigned a social worker that will work with you on discharge planning. This could include providing you with a follow up appointment for medication management, therapy, and providing you with a list of community resources.
What happens when the Baker Act expires? Can the patient stay longer?Circles of Care2020-04-30T07:56:20-04:00
If you continue to meet criteria for inpatient treatment you will be given the opportunity to sign yourself in voluntarily. If you decline to do so, the psychiatrist may initiate court proceedings for involuntary placement.
If I signed a voluntary why can’t I leave whenever I want?Circles of Care2020-04-30T07:55:47-04:00
Once you are admitted on a voluntary basis, the facility is authorized by law to detain you without your consent for up to 24 hours after you make
a request to be discharged to determine if you meet the criteria for involuntary examination and treatment; if you do meet the criteria for involuntary placement, a petition is filed with the court within two working days.
What happens after the patient sees the doctor?Circles of Care2020-04-30T07:55:14-04:00
There are many possible outcomes following examination of the patient. This includes the release of the individual to the community, a petition for involuntary inpatient placement (what some call civil commitment), or voluntary treatment (if the person is competent to consent to voluntary treatment and consents to voluntary treatment).
How long can someone be held on a Baker Act?Circles of Care2020-04-30T07:54:21-04:00
A person can be held for involuntary examination for up to 72 hours. If there is no evidence that the patient is a danger to himself or others the psychiatrist can discharge him at any time during those 72 hours.
A Baker Act allows for involuntary examination (what some call emergency or involuntary commitment.) It can be initiated by judges, law enforcement officers, physicians or mental health professionals. There must be evidence that the person: has a mental illness (as defined in the Baker Act) is a harm to self, harm to others, or is self neglectful (as defined in the Baker Act.)
Do you have anger management classes?Circles of Care2020-04-30T07:47:19-04:00