NAMI GC is proud to present a community education event you won't want to miss!
Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) is the practice of providing community-based treatment under court order to individuals with severe mental illness caught in the “revolving doors” of the mental health and criminal justice systems. Studies demonstrate that when adequately funded and carefully implemented, AOT can dramatically improve quality of life and reduce hospitalizations and arrests for its target population. Legislative reforms and federal funding have expanded the opportunity to make AOT a routine “tool in the toolkit” of the Cuyahoga County mental health system.
This presentation will include a basic orientation on AOT and the role it serves in a fully functional system of care. In addition to giving local advocates and family members a better understanding of AOT, participants will also be able to identify ways they can help to sustain and improve a local AOT program that prioritizes individual and family engagement.
*This session will be recorded*
Betsy Johnson serves as the Policy Advisor for the Treatment Advocacy Center. As an advocate and family member with loved ones with untreated mental illness, Betsy understands the frustration, pain and hopefulness that many family members face when seeking help for someone who is unable to recognize their need for treatment. It is this perspective that she brings to the TAC implementation team.