What are the eligibility criteria for Assisted Outpatient Treatment?
An individual may be ordered to obtain Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) only if, after a hearing, a court finds by clear and convincing evidence that the subject of the petition meets all of the following criteria:
  • Is at least 18 years of age and suffers from a mental illness;
  • Is unlikely to survive in the community without supervision, based on clinical determination;
  • Has a history of non-compliance with treatment for mental illness which has led to either 2 hospitalizations for mental illness in the preceding 3 years, or resulted in at least 1 act of violence toward self or others, or threats of serious physical harm to self or others, within the preceding 4 years;
  • Is unlikely to accept the treatment recommended in a treatment plan;
  • Is in need of AOT to avoid a relapse or deterioration that would likely result in serious harm to self or others; and
  • Is likely to benefit from AOT.
Before a court may order AOT, it must be satisfied that it is the least restrictive alternative for the person. In some cases, if a less restrictive program exists that could effectively assist the person, a diversion plan will be developed that is a voluntary agreement of participation by the individual.

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1. What are the eligibility criteria for Assisted Outpatient Treatment?
2. Whom should I contact if I think that someone needs assistance through Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)?
3. What is the process to obtain court-ordered Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) for someone?
4. How long does the person remain in the Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) Program?
5. What happens if the person does not comply with the terms of the court order?
6. Who do I contact if I have additional questions about Assisted Outpatient Treatment?