Here is how this works.Regardless
whether you come into a clinic yourself or not, the clinic can hold you under Baker Act - Chapter 394, Part I, Florida Statutes. See here
Under the Involuntary inpatient placement doctrine, the clinic can hold a patient even if they came in voluntarily, if the following is true:
-Meeting criteria very similar to those for involuntary
-A petition filed by the receiving facility within the 72 hour
involuntary exam period.
-Supporting opinions of a psychiatrist and either a second
psychiatrist or a clinical psychologist.
order based on a hearing where at least one of the
-Court decides you are a danger to self or others.
HOWEVER, if one was held without the above, then the clinic may be liable for false imprisonment
via a civil suit.
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