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The Marchman Act  is a law specific to Florida and was named after Rev. Hal S. Marchman when instituted it in 1993.  The statute allows families to petition the courts for mandatory assessment and substance abuse treatment. 

The criteria for all involuntary admissions includes:

There is good faith reason to believe the person is substance abuse impaired and, because of such impairment:

1. Has lost the power of self-control with respect to substance use; and either


2a. Has inflicted, or threatened or attempted to inflict, or unless admitted is likely to inflict, physical harm on himself or herself or another; or

b. Is in need of substance abuse services and, by reason of substance abuse impairment, his or her judgment has been so impaired that the person is incapable of appreciating his or her need for such services and of making a rational decision in regard thereto; however, mere refusal to receive such services does not institute evidence of lack of judgment with respect to his or her need for such services.    


In 1993 Representative Steven Wise of Jacksonville introduced legislation to combine chapters 396 and 397 of Florida Statutes into a single law that clearly spelled out legislative intent, licensure of service providers, client rights, voluntary and involuntary admissions, offender and inmate programs, service coordination, and children’s substance abuse services. The statute was named the Hal S. Marchman Alcohol and Other Drug Services Act of 1993 -- generally referred to as the Marchman Act. The Act was named after Rev. Hal. S. Marchman, an advocate for persons who suffer from alcoholism and drug abuse, who was recognized by the Legislature for his contributions addressing the delivery of substance abuse services. To implement the new Chapter 397, Florida Administrative Code was developed to provide the standards that service providers must uphold in order to be licensed to serve persons with addictions. It also provided detailed policies governing the entire licensing process as well as other provisions. These rules are identified as Chapter 65D-30 of the Florida Administrative Code. These rules have specific legislative authority. Since the rules cannot restate language from the statute, it is critical that individuals are aware of the provision from the law AND the rules in order to carry out the law, protect their agencies from liability, and protect their clients from harm.

Performance Measures

None at this time.