The Marchman Act provides for the involuntary assessment and stabilization of a person who appears to be abusing substances such as drugs or alcohol.
To initiate the Marchman Act, call the Wakulla County clerk of the civil court at 926-0905 for information on how to file a petition.
Typically, one blood relative, spouse or three individuals not related by blood must file the petition. There is no fee to file the petition.
After the petition is filed, a hearing is scheduled to order an assessment. A second hearing is scheduled two weeks after the first hearing is held.
If treatment is ordered, either residential or out-patient, the order will be valid for 60 days from the date of the order.