Is Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) effective for individuals who experience poverty?

To address the barriers to treatment created by the conditions of poverty, an emphasis needs to be put on recovery oriented AOT that prioritizes personal goals, empowerment and respect for participants experiencing poverty. This involves a culturally and linguistically appropriate implementation of AOT that:

  • Employs program coordinators, case managers, directors and monitors with trauma-informed experiences
  • Uses participants’ current life circumstances to guide their treatment plans
  • Refrains from using technical treatment jargon, which may be new to many participants and can make them feel disconnected from their service or cause them to be inadequately briefed about treatment expectations

Learn more about how poverty can affect participants in Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) in a new guide, How Poverty Can Impact AOT Participants, created by SMI Adviser in partnership with Treatment Advocacy Center.


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