What You Need to Know About Mental Health Law
Under the Baker Act, Florida courts have the option of ordering inpatient placement or outpatient treatment for individuals suffering from mental health issues. At the law office of Donna P. Levine in West Palm Beach County, we represent individuals seeking treatment for themselves, as well as parents, children, spouses, and other family members or individuals who are suffering from serious drug, alcohol or mental health issues in pursuit of a court order for the proper treatment and care of their loved ones.
If you are concerned about the mental health of your loved one and wish to discuss your option to obtain a court order for his or her care, we can help. Timing may be critical. Contact the Palm Beach County law office of Donna P. Levine today for an initial consultation.
Helping Families Navigate Through the Legal System
We help family members navigate the legal system to obtain a course of action, relief or treatment that is most appropriate for their loved ones. In addition to that representation, we also advise clients on the practical and actual ways to achieve that which has been court-ordered. Some methods include:
- Mental health treatment
- Alcohol and drug treatment
- Rehabilitation services
- Becoming the representative payee for benefits
Experience Needed to Protect Your Loved One
The court system is complex. If you are facing a mental health issue as either a primary or ancillary legal matter, you need an experienced lawyer who understands the particular concepts of mental health and how they factor into the legal system. Attorney Donna P. Levine has extensive experience and knowledge of mental health issues. She has a strong education and background in mental health and psychology as the former head of a social work agency, and having effectively functioned as a judge in these matters as a former domestic relations commissioner general master.
Attorney Levine also acts as a guardian ad item, a designated successor guardian, and represents individuals in guardianship proceedings. She also has extensive experience creating and monitoring special needs trusts.
Because we understand mental health issues and the nature of how those issues can affect related legal matters, our firm is able to address all the underlying legal concerns. We are very familiar with how mental health issues affect any number of legal matters, including family law, probate and criminal law.
Time is of the essence. We know what treatment resources are in the community and the legal process by which you can obtain a mental health court order to access these resources yourself or for a family member. Contact us today to discuss the options available to you.