What To Do When All Else Fails: The Marchman Act

Family and friends trying to help a suffering addict or alcoholic often reach their wits’ end and fear they have nowhere to turn. At Tranquil Shores, we are often faced with a distraught family member or friend who asks the tough question, “Is there something I can do legally to get this person to enter treatment?” In Florida, the answer is yes.

The Hal S. Marchman Alcohol and other Drug Services Act of 1993, provides for the involuntary or voluntary assessment and stabilization of a person allegedly abusing substances like drugs or alcohol and provides for treatment of substance abuse. Specifically, the Florida Statue 397.693A is a petition for involuntary treatment and may be filed once a written assessment is reviewed by the court and the recommendation is involuntary treatment (also see Florida statute 397.6811).

The court may enter an order for involuntary treatment for a period not to exceed 60 days. An involuntary admission occurs when there is good faith reason to believe the person is substance abuse impaired, and either has inflicted or attempted/threatened to inflict or unless admitted for treatment, is likely to inflict, physical harm to him/herself or another; or the person’s judgment has been so impaired because of substance abuse that he/she is incapable of appreciating the need for substance abuse services and to make a rational decision regarding substance abuse services. While this may not be the preferred manner in which someone enters treatment, it can be very effective for those who cannot make a rational decision but would, however, benefit from treatment.

At Tranquil Shores, we have credentialed counselors with experience in the Marchman Act process. If you would like to learn more, give us a call and help your loved one reclaim her/his Life!

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