Assisted Outpatient Treatment Full Service Partnership (FSP)
Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) is court-ordered outpatient mental health treatment for individuals with serious mental illness who are unable to live safely in the community, but who refuse to participate in treatment on their own. The law that allows court-ordered treatment is sometimes called “Laura’s Law”. SLO Behavioral Health’s AOT program started in March, 2016, and is funded by the Mental Health Services Act.
AOT is a collaborative program between the Behavioral Health Department and Transitions-Mental Health Association (TMHA). AOT outreach and treatment services are provided by a Full Service Partnership (FSP) team comprised of TMHA staff. SLO Behavioral Health staff provide assessment, program support and coordination with the court. Services offered to AOT clients include:
- Co-Occurring treatment to address both mental health and substance use disorder needs
- Rehabilitation services to assist clients in learning and utilizing skills to improve self-care, social support system, and health
- Intensive case management to support clients in accessing housing, financial, vocational, health care, and social support services, including voluntary mental health services
The AOT FSP team uses a field-based, “whatever it takes” approach to engage with clients to create their own individualized treatment plan. Supportive FSP housing can be available as part of the client’s treatment plan.
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
This service is provided free of charge.
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.
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
2178 Johnson Avenue San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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.