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Palm Partners Marchman Act

 

Palm Partners can help the addict or alcohol suffering from alcoholism and addiction understand the specifics of their disease but we can also help those of us looking for help understanding a wide range of issues, ideas, and aspects of addiction and alcoholism. Palm Partners can help you understand the complicated process of the Marchman Act. If you have struggled with your loved ones addiction and want to action to help them get on the road to recovery then the Marchman Act can work in your favor. Sometimes the Marchman Act can be tricky and confusing and some people don’t want to be the one to “do” it to their loved ones. Don’t worry you’re not alone and this will only help your loved on in their fight against addiction. Palm Partners can help you understand the Marchman Act and the legalizations around it.

A Marchman Act is a means of providing an individual in need of drug treatment, drug alcohol detox, or a medical/mental facility with emergency services and temporary detention for substance abuse evaluation and treatment when required either on an involuntary or voluntary basis.

A voluntary admission is when a person who wishes to enter treatment for substance abuse services applies to a service provider for voluntary admission. An involuntary admission is when there is good faith reason to believe the person is substance abuse impaired and, because of said impairment, has lost the power of self-control over their substance use; either has inflicted, attempted or threatened to inflict or is likely to inflict physical harm on himself or herself or another person; or the persons judgment has been so impaired because of substance abuse that he/she is incapable of appreciating the need for substance abuse treatment.

There is additional criterion for a voluntary and involuntary Marchman Act. For instance, a minor may seek voluntary admission for substance abuse services without parental or guardian consent. A law enforcement officer may take a person into protective custody when the minor or adult appears to meet the admission criteria and is brought to the attention of law enforcement officer in a public place. Along with the ability of a law enforcement officer’s authority to implement protective custody, a private practitioner, the persons spouse or relative of the person, the director of a licensed service provider or the directors designee, 3 responsible adults who have personal knowledge of the persons substance abuse problem or, in the case of a minor, the minor’s parents, legal guardian, legal custodian, or a licensed service provider can file an involuntary Marchman Act petition.

If you have personal knowledge of a person’s substance abuse problem and because of this impairment the person has lost the power of self-control with respect to substance abuse, drinking and drugging; and you have reason to believe that that person is a danger to him/herself or others you may file a Marchman Act petition. You will need to contact a licensed service provider treatment center to confirm that a bed is available for that impaired person.

If you feel that you may want to utilize the Marchman Act or will ever need it in the future for you or your loved one Palm Partners can help with understanding the Marchman Act and can even help you with the intervention process that you may want to look into before you utilize this tool.

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