Assisted Outpatient Treatment

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What is the process?

Screening and Referral to AOT

You will need a screening and referral to AOT, which occurs through SLO Behavioral Health’s Central Access line: 1 (800) 838-1381

Acceptance of Voluntary Services

The Assisted Outpatient team will work with the client to help them accept voluntary services. The team will provide services to clients until they are successfully connected with voluntary services.

Assessment and Petition to Court

Only when this effort is not successful will SLO Behavioral Health AOT staff complete an assessment and petition the court to order an adult into AOT.

Who can use this service?

To be eligible for AOT services, the referred individual must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have serious mental health needs
  • Have refused mental health treatment
  • Be unlikely to survive in the community without treatment, evidenced by repeated recent hospitalization and/or incarceration due to untreated mental health needs
  • Be currently seriously decompensating (getting worse)

The following people may refer an individual for AOT:

  • A parent, spouse, sibling, or adult child of the individual
  • Any adult who lives with the individual
  • A licensed mental health provider supervising the individual’s treatment
  • A peace, parole, or probation officer

Is there a charge for this service?

This service is provided free of charge.

When and where is this service offered?

The service is available throughout SLO County. 

Location, directions and hours of operation

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact our access line at 1 (800) 838-1381 for information or to schedule an appointment. All services are available in Spanish.

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