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  1. Long Reads

Reporters have been exploring the unintended consequences of the state’s mental health law

A Tampa Bay Times investigation.
 [Tara McCarty]
[Tara McCarty]

Read the series installments below:

Florida’s flawed Baker Act rips thousands of kids from school.

Connor Lovejoy, pictured with his grandmother, Cathy Lovejoy, and Loki, a trained service dog. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times]

The Baker Act set out to improve care. Now it’s ensnaring more children.

Florida's Baker Act was written in 1971 by Maxine Baker, a 65-year-old grandmother and freshman legislator from Dade County. She's seen here in a 1965 photo. [Associated Press]

An autistic child melts down. An officer makes a decision. A family suffers the consequences.

Staci and Terry Plonsky, holding art from their autistic son, depicting the day A.J. taken by the school resource officer to a mental health facility. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times]

“My hands were tied. I couldn’t do anything about it.”

Ann Corzo and her son, Kristopher. [.]

You’re trapped. They’re cashing in.

Michael Jenkins with his wife, Jamie Jenkins, and their three children. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times]

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