Fact sheet: Assisted Outpatient Treatment Helps Persons of Color
Source: Mental Illness Policy Org
Resource Type: Documents and Publications
Focus Population: BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), Behavioral Health Leaders, Family Members, People with Serious Mental Illness (SMI)
Topics: AOT / Laura's Law, Behavioral Health Organizational Guidance Docs, MHSA, Program Funding
This paper will show that AOT reduces police interactions and has other benefits, that it is one of the only treatment programs ever to receive independent research showing no racial disparities and as such it has support from African Americans involved in administering the AOT program and African American families who have loved ones in the program. The publication includes a conclusion and summary that: AOT offers multiple benefits to recipients, without negatives, and reduces police interactions. Independent research proves it is being applied in a racially neutral manner and there is no evidence of it being applied other than in a racially neutral manner.