Numbers show surge in Baker Act exams of kids in Tampa Bay area
The University of South Florida's de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute receives statewide Baker Act data. A report compiled for the Tampa Bay Times includes totals, by county, of initiated Baker Acts in Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough and Hernando.
Cycle of crisis
A 2016 University of South Florida study of seriously mentally ill adults with complex problems, such as drug addiction or homelessness, found no evidence of "personalized assertive follow-up" after a Baker Act to ensure patients weren't jailed or hospitalized again.