Mental health records are confidential. The only person who can obtain information is the person to whom the records pertain to (the respondent). Acts concerned with mental health include:
- Baker Act (mental) – A process established by Florida Statutes 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 Statutes 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.