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|Laura's Law (AOT) Assisted Outpatient Treatment|
What is AOT?
Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) is a new intervention strategy adopted by the Solano County Board of Supervisors for local implementation. Also known as "Laura's Law", AOT is a civil (not criminal) legal procedure that can be requested by concerned family members, care-givers, and other qualified referral sources (see below) for people who may be too ill to recognize the need for services. Under AOT, eligible individuals can receive court-ordered, intensive treatment in the community. The goal of AOT is to improve access and adherence to services at the lowest level of care necessary in order to prevent further deterioration that can result from untreated serious mental illness.
What services does AOT provide?
- Services are first offered voluntarily if the person is willing to accept help
- Intensive case management team that provides mental health treatment, medication monitoring, access to primary health care, and substance abuse counseling
- Assistance in applying for an obtaining benefits such as SSI and food stamps
- Help finding supportive housing
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Peer mentoring and support
- Collaboration with and support for families
- Oversight by a Judge when needed to encourage compliance
- No forced medication
Who can request AOT? (per W&I Code 5345-5349.5)
- Immediate adult family member
- Adults residing with individual
- 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? (must meet all, per W&I Code 5345-5349.5)
- Solano County resident, minimum of 18 years of age
- Clinical determination that the person is unlikely to survive safely in the community without supervision
- Person's condition is substantially deteriorating
- Person has been offered chance to participate in development of their treatment plan for services and continues to fail to become involved
- Person has a history of a lack of participation in mental health program that have resulted in either 2 or more hospitalizations in the last 36 months, or have one attempt to cause harm to self or others in the last 48 months
- Person is likely to benefit from AOT services
Referral Form: Click here . You can also click here for the print version. Please email the completed Referral Form to AOTMH@solanocounty.com. Please click here to access the Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) Presentation.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to call the Behavioral Health Admin Line at (707) 784-8320 Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.
You can also call Mental Health Access Line: 1-800-547-0495. This is not a crisis service. If this is a crisis, please either call 911 or come to our crisis unit at 2101 Courage Drive, or call the crisis unit at 707-428-1131.