This guidebook starts with a brief history of how Assisted Outpatient Treatment started in California, and then overviews the way AOT works and how to establish it in one’s own county.
Laura’s Law (also known as Assisted Outpatient Treatment/AOT) is a process that allows courts to compel individuals with severe mental illness and a past history of arrest or violence to stay in treatment as a condition for living in the community. Equally important, it commits the mental health system to providing the treatment.
The following link (and excerpt) is the Chaptered Bill Text of AB 1421. “The existing law, the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, makes provision for the involuntary treatment of any person with a mental disorder who, as a result of the mental disorder, is a danger to others or to himself or herself, or is gravely disabled. This […]
2018-2019 Key Highlights and Developments – This report reflects aggregate outcomes for 228 individuals from 13 counties that reported court-involved client data to DHCS.
This BHIN outlines the implementation and reporting requirements of the AOT program.
Participating counties are required to comply with all statutory provisions.