Guardian Advocate Training
VOLUNTEER TO BE A GUARDIAN ADVOCATE
NAMI Broward County is offering a free Guardian Advocate training on Thursday
March 15, 2018 from 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM at Correct Care Recovery Solutions
(SFSH) – 800 E. Cypress Drive, Pembroke Pines, FL 33025.
A “guardian advocate,” under Florida Statutes Chapter 394, more commonly
known as “The Baker Act,” is a court-appointed individual who communicates
and collaborates with a patient, his or her attending psychiatrist, as well as the
entire treatment team of mental health professionals, to advocate for the best
interest of the patient during his or her stay at the hospital. This volunteer
position is not only a chance to make a difference in the lives of the patients by
playing an active role in their mental health treatment, but also an opportunity for
you to become acquainted with the mental health system and its inner-workings,
which are unfamiliar to most of the public.
While it is a priority for the Hospital and the Courts to appoint a patient’s parents,
children, relatives or adult friends as his or her Guardian Advocate, it is an
unfortunate reality that sometimes, these options are unavailable or unwilling.
For this reason, we need volunteers to serve in this capacity, and lighten the load
for our few existing advocates. To become eligible, and certified to serve in the
capacity as a Guardian Advocate, you must review a short packet of required
material, and successfully complete a self-examination. The course provides
thorough information such as responsibilities, ethical considerations, ways to be
most effective in the decision-making processes involved, as well as details
regarding varying mental health diagnoses, treatment plans and medications
Registration is required.
Call 954-316- 9907 or email Sandra@NAMIBroward.org.