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

Assisted Outpatient Treatment Full Service Partnership (FSP)

Please read the following information so you know how to continue to receive services during the temporary COVID-19 public health emergency. Some Behavioral Health programs may require additional forms to be completed. Please reach out to your treatment team with questions and concerns.

Telehealth over Zoom for Health

To avoid a delay in completing your treatment program, County of San Luis Obispo Behavioral Health will begin offering Remote Client Services. Remote Client Services will enable you to continue program with a certified counselor via a virtual meeting platform called Zoom.

In order to help you participate in Zoom Remote Client Services, we have created user-friendly instructions and tutorials found here. Your treatment team will be in contact with you over email with a web link so you may join your sessions virtually through a computer, tablet, or phone.

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

What is the process?

Step 1: 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

Step 2: Acceptance of Voluntary Services

The Assisted Outpatient Treatment Full Services Partnership (AOT FSP) team will work with the client to help them accept voluntary services. The AOT FSP team will provide services to clients until they are successfully connected with voluntary services.

Step 3: 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.

Is there a charge for this service?

This service is provided free of charge.

When and where is this service offered?

The AOT FSP team is available throughout SLO County. This is a field-based service that can be available seven days a week.

Location, directions and hours of operation

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San Luis Obispo Adult Mental Health Services

Monday - Friday 8-5

2178 Johnson Avenue San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Tel: (805) 781-4700

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the AOT force participants to take psychiatric medication?

No, the court order for AOT does not require an individual in AOT to take medication.

How can I refer my adult family member for Assisted Outpatient Treatment?

Contact the SLO Behavioral Health at (800) 838-1381 to request Assisted Outpatient Treatment services.

What if my family member is homeless?

AOT FSP staff provides field-based outreach and are able to go into our community to locate and engage with referred individuals. Please provide as much information as possible when making a referral.  Some housing resources may be available for individuals in this program. 


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