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Chapter 397 of the Florida Statutes is know as the "Hal S. Marchman Alcohol and Other Drug Services Act of 1993". It 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.
A voluntary admission occurs when a person seeks treatment for substance abuse and applies to a service provider to receive such treatment.
An involuntary admission occurs when there is good faith reason to believe the person is substance abuse impaired, and because of such impairment, the person has:
All substance abuse petitions in Escambia County Florida are initiated through Baptist Hospital - Lakeview Center located at:1221 W Lakeview AvenuePensacola, FL 32501
The petition may be filed by:
For a minor, the petition may be filed by a parent, legal guardian, legal custodian, or licensed service provider. The petitioner must have recently observed the behavior of the person who is the subject of the petition.
The Marchman Act can be found in Chapter 397 of the Florida Statutes.