The Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) program, also known as Laura’s Law, provides court-ordered treatment for persons with severe mental illness who meet the criteria listed below. The program is designed to assist individuals who are resistant to obtaining or maintaining treatment.
Director of treating agency, organization, facility or hospital
Treating licensed mental health professional
Peace officer, parole or probation officer supervising the individual
Who Qualifies for AOT?
County resident, minimum 18 years of age
Person is suffering from a mental illness
Clinical determination that the person is unlikely to survive safely in the community without supervision
History of lack of compliance with treatment for his or her mental illness, at least one of the following is true:
Person’s mental illness has, at least twice within the last 36 months, been a substantial factor in requiring hospitalization, or services in a forensic or mental health unit of a state or local correctional facility.
Person’s mental illness resulted in one or more acts of serious violent behavior toward himself or herself or another, or threatens, or attempts to cause physical harm to himself or herself or another within the last 48 months.
Person has been offered chance to participate in development of their treatment plan for services and continues to fail to become involved
Person’s condition is substantially deteriorating
AOT would be the least restrictive placement, that is appropriate and feasible, and necessary to ensure recovery and stability
Behavioral Health Resources
OC Links 855-OC-Links (625-4657)
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Information and Referral for anyone seeking Behavioral Health Services, including: mental health, crisis programs, alcohol and drug inpatient and outpatient, and prevention and early intervention services.
Emergency Psychiatric Evaluation
(866) 830-6011 / 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Crisis Assessment Team responds to private residences, police stations, health clinics, private doctors’, therapists’ offices, and in the field
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