The system of assisted outpatient treatment care
Individuals with serious mental illness who struggle to adhere with treatment do not have to bear the responsibility of improving their health alone. Michigan has some of the best laws in the nation for assisted outpatient treatment (AOT). Effective AOT programs and systems will help ensure individuals receive high-quality services in the community and work toward transitioning back to voluntary care. Every part of the system of care plays a uniquely important role in an effective AOT program. Explore the components of the system below to learn more about assisted outpatient treatment, why it matters, and how to get started.
The court’s oversight role provides structured accountability for both the community treatment provider and the individual under an AOT order.
Mental health providers
Statutorily, the responsibility for implementing and monitoring AOT belongs to the Community Mental Health authority and their contracted service providers.
Individuals with serious mental illness who cannot adhere to treatment are often caught in a cycle of frequent visits to hospitals, emergency rooms, and inpatient psychiatric care facilities. Healthcare professionals in these settings are uniquely positioned to intervene through tools like assisted outpatient treatment.
Families and advocates
Family members often share the challenges of serious mental illness as advocates and caregivers. Advocates and families who know about all the tools available, including assisted outpatient treatment, will be better equipped to support their loved ones.
Serious mental illness may prevent people from adhering to mental health treatment. Assisted outpatient treatment orders compel an individual to engage in their own treatment while still ensuring their rights.
Law enforcement plays an important role in the process by executing Orders for Transport issued by the court, taking an individual into protective custody for transport to a local ER or crisis center for a mental health assessment.