Guardian Advocate Program
A dynamic four-hour certification course whose purpose is to train individuals to serve as temporary surrogate decision makers for involuntarily hospitalized clients, under the Florida Baker Act, who are unable to act on their behalf. The training is centered on patient rights and knowledge of the Baker Act so that the surrogate decision maker can act as a safety net to ensure the patient is treated properly and fairly while involuntarily hospitalized. For those patients that do not have a family member who can act on their behalf a volunteer can be assigned. An interview is required only for those wishing to Intern/volunteer. Email Tiara at TLeath@mhacf.org for more information.