AOT eligibility criteria:
- 18 years of age or older and has a severe mental illness
- Clinically determined that, in view of the person’s treatment history and current behavior, at least one of the following is true:
1. person is unlikely to survive safely in the community without supervision and the person’s condition is substantially deteriorating.
2. person is in need of AOT in order to prevent relapse or deterioration that would be likely to result in grave disability or serious harm to the person or to others, as defined in Section 5150.
- Has historical lack of compliance with voluntary treatment and at least one of the following is true:
1. Within the last 36 months, the person has been hospitalized at least 2 times due to mental illness, including the mental health unit of a state or local correctional facility.
2. Within the last 48 months, had one or more acts of serious and violent behaviors or threats or attempts to cause serious physical harm to self or others.
- Offered an opportunity to participate in a treatment plan but continued to fail to engage
- Participation in AOT is the least restrictive placement necessary to ensure recovery and stability
- It’s likely that the individual would benefit from AOT
What happens after the AOT request is made?
- Intensive community-based outreach
- Intensive efforts to engage the individual in voluntary treatment
- Mental Health assessment to determine if AOT criteria are met
- Court petition process, if needed
- Intensive community-based behavioral health services, voluntary or mandated, as appropriate.