CLERK OF COURT & COMPTROLLER
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
The Mental Health Department maintains the records on involuntary placements related to mental illness, drug abuse, developmentally disabled, tuberculosis, adult protective services, adjudication of incapacitated persons, restoration of capacity for persons having previously been declared incapacitated, and preneed guardians. Please read the information brochure for an explanation of the filing process and what to expect.
The majority of files maintained in the Mental Health Department are confidential and exempt from public access.
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Electronic viewing of many court records, indexes and dockets as well as non-confidential document images is currently available on our Hillsborough Online Viewing of Electronic Records (HOVER) site, as authorized by the Florida Supreme Court. Pursuant to Florida Rules of Judicial Administration, access to all electronic and other court records shall be governed by the Standards for Access to Electronic Court Records and Access Security Matrix. Please note that the majority of files maintained in the Mental Health Department are confidential and exempt from public access.
If you are authorized under Florida Rules of Judicial Administration to view a court file but are unable to view it online and/or you need a copy, you may view or pick up a copy of the file at our Tampa Edgecomb or Plant City locations. To allow adequate time for redaction processing, it may take four business days for your file to be available for on-site viewing and/or pick-up.
Tuberculosis Control Act - F.S. 392
This petition is filed by Department of Children and Families to control the highly contagious infection of Tuberculosis when infected persons are refusing to take appropriate measures.
Developmentally Disabled - F.S. 393
This petition is filed by Department of Children and Families when the subject reaches the age of majority and is being placed in a state monitored residential setting.
Petition for Involuntary Examination on Exparte (Baker Act)- F.S. 394.463
This petition can be filed by a person(s) who has firsthand knowledge of the situation. The purpose of this petition is to initiate the Baker Act procedure for emergency pickup and evaluation for persons who are mentally ill and refuse to seek treatment and are a danger to themselves and/or others.
Writ of Habeas Corpus - F.S. 394.459
This petition is filed by a person detained in a hospital, their relative, friend, guardian, representative, or attorney on their behalf. A writ is filed when a person detained in a receiving or treatment facility alleges that they are being unjustly denied a right or privilege. This petition requires immediate attention upon receipt by the Court.
Involuntary Placement and Placement Certificate - F.S. 394.467
This petition is filed by an administrator or designee of a designated Baker Act facility. The petition is filed when a person is determined to be a danger to themselves or others, and are in need of hospitalization.
Involuntary Assessment and Stabilization (Marchman Act) - F.S. 397
The purpose of this petition is to obtain a court order for substance abuse assessment and stabilization when the respondent has refused to voluntarily receive care. There are specific requirements to filing this petition and the Mental Health department is able to explain these further.
Adult Protective Services - F.S. 415
These petitions are filed by the Department of Children and Families when the Department has reason to believe a disabled or elderly adult is being abused, neglected, self-neglect, or exploited and the person lacks the capacity to consent to service being provided. A court order allows the Department to provide services.
Determination of Incapacity - F.S. 744.3201
These petitions are filed when a person is alleged to be incapacitated mentally and/or physically. The purpose of the petition is to have the person evaluated and a determination made as to whether the alleged incapacitated person is capable of retaining all of or certain legal rights. This petition must be filed in conjunction with a Petition for Guardianship.
Declaration for Preneed Guardian - F.S. 744.3045
Preneeds are used to appoint a guardian to serve in the event of the declarant’s incapacity. The written declaration must be signed by the declarant in the presence of at least two attesting witnesses at the same time. The declaration may be filed by the declarant with the Clerk of Circuit Court. The Court shall not be bound to appoint the preneed guardian if the presumption is rebutted by clear and convincing evidence that the preneed guardian will assume the duties of the guardian immediately upon an adjudication of incapacity.
Suggestion of Capacity - F.S. 744.464
The ward or any interested party may file this petition requesting all or certain rights be restored.
Involuntary Treatment (Marchman Act) - F.S. 397
The purpose of this petition is to obtain a court order for involuntary treatment of substance abuse when the Respondent is not willing to go. There are specific requirements to filing this petition and the Mental Health department is able to explain these further.
The Baker Act Law can be found at sections 394.451 - 394.4789 , Florida Statutes. These proceedings address mental health issues, not substance abuse issues. This statutory process is in place to help those who may be harmful to themselves or others. Subjects, who do not voluntarily admit themselves into a crisis stabilization unit, can be transported to a crisis stabilization unit for an involuntary psychiatric examination.
To petition a Hillsborough County Court to involuntarily send a subject to a crisis stabilization unit, a petitioner may come to the Mental Health Department of the Hillsborough County Clerk of the Circuit Court, located at 800 East Twiggs Street, Edgecomb Courthouse, Room # 205, Tampa, FL 33602, to fill out a petition packet. There is no filing fee for this petition packet. The petition must meet the following criteria:
A judge, only after making a determination that the petition meets all necessary criteria, may sign an Ex Parte Order on Petition for Involuntary Examination (Ex Parte Order). If an Ex Parte Order is signed, Clerk employees will then prepare a packet for the Office of the Hillsborough County Sheriff. A certified copy of the Ex Parte Order will be a part of the packet. The Ex Parte Order gives a Deputy Sheriff the authority to pick-up the subject, and to transport the subject to a receiving facility for an evaluation.