Wednesday, December 06, 2006

NJ Law Journal: AOT is "a good first step"

New Jersey is currently one of only eight states without AOT. But there is hope - a bill sponsored by Senator Richard Codey passed the Senate unanimously in June and awaits action in the Assembly.

The push for reform in New Jersey has received widespread support from groups like law enforcement, hospitals, medical professionals, families, and now from the legal community.

The New Jersey Law Journal, America’s second oldest legal newspaper and one of the leading voices on legal issues in New Jersey, recently voiced its support for AOT in an editorial. Calling the program, “a good first step,” the Journal lamented the fact that treatment in New Jersey is currently limited solely to inpatient care, and only for individuals who’ve already evidenced danger to themselves or others.