Serving the People of Hardee County Since 1921
Mental Health Division

Mental health records are confidential. The only person who can obtain information is the petitioner(s), person to whom the records pertain to (the respondent) and the respondent's attorney.

Acts concerned with mental health include:

  • Baker Act (mental) - A process established by Florida Statute 394.463, Mental Health Act by which a person whose current mental state poses a danger to that person or to others may be taken to a mental health receiving facility for an involuntary examination.

  • Marchman Act (alcohol or drugs)- A process established by Florida Statute 397.6811 through 397.6822, by which a person may be admitted for an involuntary evaluation to determine if his or her judgment is impaired due to substance abuse and he or she has, therefore, lost the power of self-control with respect to substance abuse and poses a danger to himself or herself or to another person.

  • Vulnerable Adult Protective Act- Florida Statute 415.1051, The Department of Children and Family Services should be contacted if there is reason to believe that a vulnerable adult is being abused, neglected or exploited and is in need of protective services but lacks the capacity to consent to protective services. Call 1-800-962-2873 to report or visit:

No Filing Fee's are required.

If you have any questions, you can contact the Mental Health Division at (863) 773-4174 ext 7278
or email:

Our office hours are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Excluding Holiday's.