Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Support for assisted outpatient treatment (AOT)

While the Treatment Advocacy Center is the only organization that has a dedicated mission to increasing the use of AOT, numerous other organizations and individuals support AOT including:
  • NAMI’s official policy states that AOT should be used as a last resort and that “Court ordered outpatient treatment should be considered as a less restrictive, more beneficial and less costly alternative to involuntary inpatient treatment.”
  • The National Sheriffs Association recognizes that “the consequences of non-treatment can also be prevented by having laws that allow a court to order treatment in the community for individuals who are in need of treatment but refuse it (also known as Assisted Outpatient Treatment).”

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