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The Marchman Act: Why Florida Is Still The Leader in Behavioral Healthcare

June 30, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Learn more about The Florida Marchman Act: Court-ordered treatment for impaired individuals. The Marchman Act is the nickname for a Florida Statute best known for its unique provisions that allow family members and loved ones to petition the courts for mandatory assessment and treatment of someone who is abusing drugs or alcohol appear to be a danger to themselves or others (source). Our expert panel of attorneys will discuss criteria for the Marchman Act and answer commonly asked questions.


  • Learn a brief history of the Marchman Act.
  • Discuss how the Florida Marchman Act is unique nationally, compared to other state’s court-ordered treatment laws.
  • Learn the criteria for the Marchman Act and when to take action as a professional or loved one.
  • Discuss the Marchman Act and court-ordered treatment options for primary mental health disorders.
  • Hear the perspectives of highly-experienced attorneys and treatment providers working consistently with the Marchman Act.
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions to our expert panel consisting of leaders in the legal and behavioral healthcare space.


Our Marchman Act Expert Panel

Michael T. Rabideau, P.A.

Attorney Michael Rabideau has been practicing law in Florida for over 20 years. He received his undergraduate bachelor’s degree in Sociology at The University of Wisconsin and earned his Juris Doctor Law Degree at St. Thomas University School of Law, in Miami, Florida in 1998.

For many years, Mr. Rabideau specialized in criminal defense and came to realize that a vast majority of his clients had substance abuse issues and oftentimes would find themselves in criminal court due to drug and/or alcohol abuse. Recognizing that unless the core issue was addressed, many clients would end up back in jail. Therefore, during plea negotiations, Mr. Rabideau would ask for treatment services with the hope of rehabilitation.

Given his experience with individuals suffering from the disease of addiction, Mr. Rabideau began specializing in Marchman Act law, with the belief that an individual could be helped before the addiction spiraled out of control and someone ended up in criminal court or worse. Since that time, Mr. Rabideau has handled numerous Marchman Act petitions on behalf of families and friends, seeking a better life for their loved one.


Natalie G. Cohen Esq.

Natalie G. Cohen is an associate with the Law Firm of Hark lYon I Marmor, PLLC, which is located in Boca Raton, FL. She concentrates her practice to the areas of Guardianship & Incapacity Litigation, Probate Litigation, Estate Planning, Mental Health & Marchman Act proceedings.

Ms. Cohen received her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida and her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University. Prior to joining Hark I Yon I Marmor, PLLC, Ms. Cohen began her career as a Certified Legal Intern for the Broward County Public Defender’s Office during law school.After graduating from Nova Southeastern University Law School, she worked as an Assistant State Attorney in Palm Beach County.After serving as an Assistant State Attorney, she established a private practice where she concentrated on Family Law &. Criminal Cases, as well as Mental Health & Substance Abuse proceedings. V/hile in private practice, she worked with the Offrce of Regional Counsel handling cases involving the appointment of a Guardian, as well as Mental Health and Substance Abuse Cases.

Ms. Cohen is a member of the Florida Bar, South Palm Beach County &Palm Beach County Bar Associations, Florida Association of Women Lawyers, and the Italian American Bar Association. She is admitted to practice before all Florida State and Federal Courts. Ms. Cohen currently serves on South Palm Beach County Florida Association of Women Lawyers, has formerly served as an Executive Board Member at Gratitude House, and has also previously served as a Guardian Ad Litem.


Mark G. Astor, Esq.

Born and raised in the United Kingdom until the age of twenty-one, Mark Astor has been an attorney since 1994. Before entering private practice, Mr. Astor began his legal career as a prosecutor with the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office. Mr. Astor served the citizens of Palm Beach County as an Assistant State Attorney from 1994-1999. During his career as a prosecutor, he served as Chief of two different County Court Divisions and, thereafter, was promoted to a felony trial division. He has handled thousands of cases ranging from first-degree misdemeanors to Capital Murder.

Mr. Astor was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1994 and, in 1995, was admitted to practice before the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. In 2005, he was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan in 1990, his Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University College of Law in 1994, and his Master of Laws Degree (L.L.M.) from American University, Washington College of Law in 2005.

Mr. Astor’s law practice, Drug and Alcohol Attorneys (http://drugandalcoholattorneys.com) focuses on representing and empowering individuals who are in crisis because of drug, alcohol and mental heath disorders. Many times, individuals or families come to Mr. Astor because they have a friend or loved one who either refuses to go into treatment, or will not stay in treatment. When this is the case, Mr. Astor gives counsel to help navigate through the Marchman Act process, Florida’s involuntary commitment law for drug, alcohol and co-occurring mental heath disorders. Additionally, Mr. Astor provides counsel when there is a need to file an Emergency Guardianship Petition (ETG) so that an individual who is no longer competent to make medical decisions for themselves can have that burden taken off their shoulders. On other occasions, individuals find themselves in the criminal justice system and need assistance navigating it’s complexities, having been arrested for an offense that stems from drug addiction or mental health disorders.

When he’s not working in his law practice, Mr. Astor empowers members of the community by teaching Krav Maga (the Israeli system of hand to hand taught to the military, special forces and anti-terror units). He also enjoys an early morning work out believing that a healthy body leads to a healthy mind.


Alan S. Levine Esq.

Alan S. Levine, Esq. is the founding Partner of Levine and Associates and founding co-partner of Addiction Recovery Legal Services, LLC. As a Florida Marchman Act attorney, he personally represented thousands of individuals and families in 32 counties in Florida with regard to addiction and mental health issues. He has lectured and is an accepted expert and authority in the Florida Marchman Act.

Mr. Levine handles complex nursing home abuse, wrongful death and personal injury litigation throughout the country. He has litigated, resolved and obtained judgments in the six and seven figure range. He has successfully appeared before the Supreme Courts of Florida and Nevada.

Mr. Levine also represents elderly, disabled individuals and their families either privately or through court appointment in various probate proceedings hearings including incapacity and guardianship proceedings.

As a Florida Marchman Act attorney, he personally represented hundreds of individuals and families with regard to drug addiction, mental health, and criminal issues. He has lectured to various medical professionals and is an accepted expert and authority of the Florida Marchman Act. Mr. Levine has also had the unique experience managing a successful county wide judicial campaign. Mr. Levine held the position of Campaign Manager helping to ensure his wife’s election as County Court Judge in Broward County.

Mr. Levine is a member of the: Broward County Bar Association, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, American Association for Justice and a Board Member of Florida’s Children First.

Mr. Levine attended Miami Palmetto High School and subsequently went to the University of Miami. Mr. Levine graduated Miami in 1986 earning a Bachelor of Music degree, Certificate of Distinguished Academic Achievement, Music Industry Program Directors Award and induction into the Iron Arrow Honor Society (the highest honor attainable at the University). Mr. Levine then attended Nova Southeastern University Law School where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1989. He shares his current practice with fellow Marchman Act attorney Ted Marrero.


Joe Considine, P.A.

Joe has practiced law in South Florida since 1983. His practice is focused on addiction related law including the Marchman Act and family law. Joe has handled over 1500 litigation cases in his career, appearing in courts throughout Florida.

Joe works extensively with families whose loved ones have substance abuse and mental health problems. He is the author of many articles and lectures throughout Florida on the Marchman Act and other substance abuse related issues. Joe is recognized as an authority on Florida’s Marchman Act. These articles are easily accessible on Joe’s website: joeconsidinelaw.com.

Joe has been a member of the Board of Directors of The Fern House in West Palm Beach, a residential rehabilitation facility for indigent men with substance use disorders, for 25 years. Joe also enjoys assisting and participating with the Max Planck Institute For Neuroscience in Jupiter, Florida as a member of the Brain Trust. Joe has been invited in October, 2021 to present to the Florida Association of Magistrates on the topic of “Rewiring the Brain: The Effects of Substance Abuse Disorder”.


Richard J Casey III, Esq.

Richard Casey is the founding attorney of Richard Casey Law, a law firm dedicated to helping his clients protect their families. He has been admitted to practice law in Florida since 2018 and in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida since 2019.

Richard Casey is dedicated to using the law, his business background, and government advocacy to help his clients improve the quality of life for themselves and their family. He focuses on using the Marchman Act to help families access lifesaving drug and alcohol treatment; Guardianships to protect those with mental health disorders receive the proper care and attention to their disorder, developing estate plans to protect his clients family especially when a beneficiaries substance use or other special needs require additional oversight, and providing legal, government advocacy, and consulting services to behavioral healthcare professionals and facilities to improve their business operations so that the quality of substance use and mental health treatment continues to advance.

Before founding Richard Casey Law, Richard Casey spent over 3 years working at Caron Treatment Centers, one of the largest not-for-profit addiction and behavioral health treatment providers in the United States. While at Caron Treatment Centers, Richard worked to guide the organization through a changing regulatory environment, analyzing and improving its clinical and business operations, and advocating for more effective government accountability. Richard Casey was an member of the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force 2017 and he continues to advocate for greater oversight and improved access to substance use and behavioral health treatments.


Jamie Clybourn, MCAP, CAADC, ICAADC (IC&RC)

Jamie brings 18 years of experience in the field of addiction treatment to Futures Recovery Healthcare. Previously also serving as an Intake Counselor, Psychology Technician, Therapist, Lead Therapist, and Clinical Supervisor. Jamie earned a BA in Psychology from West Chester University and her MA in Agency Counseling from Gardner-Webb University.

Specializing in trauma and chronic relapse, she is responsible for direct supervision of the residential and outpatient clinical team (therapists and case managers), Clinical program planning and scheduling, Patient/Client interventions, Group and Individual Therapy, ensuring compliance with DCF & insurance standards, Liaison between clinical department and other departments (medical, UR, RA, etc.), Identifying the need for and organizing clinical trainings for staff. Jamie is a member of Psi Chi (International Honor Society in Psychology) and strives to help instill hope and a sense of worth during the treatment process.



June 30, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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