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Special Needs Trust Attorneys

Baron Miller,  San Francisco (415) 522-0500
Ellen Cookman, Palo Alto  (650) 690 2571
Jonathan McDougall, San Carlos (650) 594 4200

AOT Services Launched July 1, 2016

To make a referral, call 650-372-6125 or email AOT@smcgov.org.
Learn more about San Mateo County’s AOT process and team at: www.smchealth.org/AOT.

Together Towards Recovery

Developed out of the San Mateo County’s adoption of Laura’s Law (Assembly Bill 1421) in the summer of 2015, the Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) is a program that reaches out to people with a severe mental illness who are not connected to services and are challenged with living safely and stably in our community.

The AOT team works collaboratively with individuals, their family members and partners to provide the right care at the right place and time. Our dedicated team helps decrease mental health crises, hospitalizations, incarceration and homelessness while helping people achieve and maintain their physical and mental health.

SMC’s AOT outreaches to people who are not connected to treatment and engages them in services provided by Caminar’s Full Service Partnership (FSP), a community based program which provides intensive mental health services. The program includes 24/7 care and services such as intensive case management, psychiatry, medication management, benefit and housing support, life skill development, as well as guidance and support to help people reach their recovery goals.

San Mateo County joins other Bay Area counties, including San Francisco and Contra Costa, and over a dozen other counties throughout the state in implementing Laura’s Law and the AOT.

Through this early implementation in other counties, Assisted Outpatient Treatment has been shown to:

  • save lives
  • reduce homelessness, hospitalizations, crime, arrests, and incarceration
  • help families and reduce caregiver stress
  • save money on arrests, incarcerations, and hospitalizations

Eligibility

A person must meet all of these conditions to be eligible for AOT: Have a history of not following through with treatment for their mental illness resulting in:

  • Being hospitalized and/or incarcerated two or more times within the last 3 years.
  • Or, having threatened or attempted a significantly dangerous behavior towards themselves or others at least one time in the past 2 years.
  • Were previously offered treatment on a voluntary basis and refused it, and whose health is quickly declining.

To make a referral, call 650-372-6125 or email AOT@smcgov.org.
Learn more about San Mateo County’s AOT process and team at: www.smchealth.org/AOT.

– Terry Wilcox-Rittgers. SMC BHRS Wellness Matters, July 2016