Where Can You Find More Information on the Marchman Act in Florida?

Information about the Hal S. Marchman Alcohol and Other Drug Services Act of 1993 is available online at MyFLFamilies.com, according to the Florida Department of Children and Families. Individuals can access the handbook by entering "Marchman Act" into the search box at the top right of the home page.

The handbook is entitled Marchman Act User Reference Guide 2003 and is available in PDF format, as indicated on the website. The guide is neither proprietary nor copyrighted, so users can legally download and print the handbook.

The Marchman Act allows for the voluntary or involuntary evaluation, stabilization and treatment of persons abusing drugs, including alcohol, notes the Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller. Qualified individuals who can file a petition for an adult include the spouse, guardian, private practitioner, any relative, or any three adults with knowledge of the substance abuse.