Mental Health Intervention for the Violent Child
There should be nothing more important in the world to a parent than the health and wellbeing of their child. Protecting their children from abuse and violence is one of the basic roles of parents. It can be alarming for any parent to have a child they love become violent, whether it is toward themselves, their parents, their siblings, or their peers. When a child becomes violent, often the best option is to consider a mental health intervention.
The term “child” is relative. For a parent, their offspring is a child, no matter how old they become. But, during the first eighteen years, that child is a parent’s responsibility. Not only are they responsible for their care, they may be responsible for the child’s actions. When a child becomes violent and unmanageable, it can often require help from outside the home to resolve the issue. In many cases, this may require a mental health intervention or the use of the Baker Act.
When Is a Mental Health Intervention Needed?
Many parents are not sure what to do when their child becomes violent, especially if violence is not accepted or tolerated in their home. They may feel like they have failed as parents in some way and may be hesitant to seek outside assistance. It is not uncommon for parents to be concerned about legal implications when a child is violent toward others – both for the child and themselves.
For young children with violent outbursts, it is best to begin with discussing the problems with a mental health professional and their pediatrician. There can be physical or emotional reasons for mental health issues that can be effectively treated. However, when a child is older, they are more difficult to manage. When a teenage child is violent and refuses treatment, the situation may require a mental health intervention.
Using the Baker Act for a Violent Child
If you are experiencing violent outbursts with your teenage child at home, or there have been instances of violent behavior at school, it may be time for a mental health intervention. This can be the best option when there is a risk of your child running away or reacting violently if they are confronted. The Florida Baker Act allows for parents of minors to seek either voluntary or involuntary admittance to a mental health facility for a mental health evaluation and possible treatment.
Many times, violent behavior in children and teens is a sign of mental health problems. If you have a violent child and want to know your legal options, contact our team at Tison Law Group for a consultation. We can discuss how a mental health intervention can help protect your child and give them the help they need.