In Tampa Florida, on Friday November 8th, 2019, a twelve-year-old girl was following a teacher's assignment to write an essay about her thoughts on suicide. She ended up in an institution and being given an involuntary psychiatric exam: The Baker Act. Even 5-year-old children have been handcuffed in and put in a patrol car, and taken to a psychiatric institution. This most often happens without their parents' consent and without even notifying them.
This Baker Act takes the child for 72 hours for an involuntary psychiatric evaluation, violating one of its clauses, stating that minors can only be held for 12 hours for the psychiatric examination. If a parent signs a “Non-Consent Form” and gives it to the school, it means that the authorities should not take the minor without notifying the parents first.
This twelve-year-old girl was taken to a psychiatric institution. The first thing that happened at the reception of the institution when the mother arrived was to ask if she had insurance. Then she was told that she must pay $ 600 just for having her child there, without giving any explanation.
The mother, knowing about psychiatric abuse in the state, called the Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights, CCHR.org, a nonprofit mental health guardian organization. It is responsible for helping to enact laws that protect individuals from abusive practices of psychiatry. CCHR volunteers managed to have the girl handed over to her mother and filed legal charges against the institution for each of the violations of the Baker law. The girl had been held for 72 hours, allowing the institution to bill her parent’s insurance company for that time. The time limit for holding a minor without formal action is only 12 hours. The girl remained in that place for the whole weekend.
A lawyer who helps victims of psychiatric abuse announced publicly that psychiatric institutions earn by charging insurance $ 1,000 per day for each inpatient. The profit margin is huge and it is another form of human trafficking to maintain and force people to stay just for the profit.
Inspired by visionary humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard—who identified the abuse inherent in psychiatry’s acts when he said, “There must not be any influential group dedicated to Man’s degradation,” —CCHR today is the preeminent international psychiatric watchdog.