Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT): Promising Practices: An Overview

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This educational webinar, hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services, explores Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)—a strategy that involves petitioning courts to order individuals experiencing serious mental illness (SMI) to enter and remain in community-based treatment for a specific period of time. Designed to work with families and courts, AOT promotes treatment of individuals while they continue to live in their homes and communities. During the one-hour webinar, participants will learn about the basics of AOT and how it supports recovery for individuals with SMI. Experts in the field will address both legal and clinical implications. Webinar participants will gain an understanding of the AOT program and watch a video segment from an AOT court.

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