Advancing Assisted Outpatient Treatment Implementation in Louisiana - Part II
Healing Minds NOLA has been hard at work organizing part 2 of the Advancing Assisted Outpatient Treatment [AOT] in Louisiana series.
On February 23rd, 2018, Healing Minds NOLA and Capital Area Human Services will co-host the Treatment Advocacy Center in Baton Rouge to conduct a full statewide AOT implementation training which will be covering the practical aspects of AOT programs.
Note: Due to overwhelming response, the location has been moved to:
Bishop Robert E. Tracy Center,
The Catholic Life Center,
1800 South Acadian Thruway,
Baton Rouge, LA 70821.
If you plan to attend, it is important that you RSVP in order to receive the training materials.
About the Assisted Outpatient Treatment [AOT] Series.
After attending a 2 day Federal Assisted Outpatient Treatment training conducted by the Treatment Advocacy Center at SAMHSA’s headquarters in Rockville, MD last summer, Healing Minds NOLA and other Louisianans who participated agreed that it would be worthwhile to bring the Treatment Advocacy Center training back home so that more people in our State could benefit.
Part I brought together doctors, judges, family advocates and consumers, mental health care and industry professionals, policy makers, attorneys, business leaders, CIT trainers, coroners, emergency medical service personnel, police and sheriffs, who gathered in New Orleans and Baton Rouge to hear Judge Oscar Kazen speak about his role in creating and overseeing San Antonio’s Assisted Outpatient Treatment Court - the first fully-operational civil AOT court in Texas that handles about 4,500 cases a year.
AOT Courts serve as the intersection between the law and treatment of individuals with serious mental illness. Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) refers to state mental health laws that create a civil court procedure wherein a judge orders a person with severe mental illness to adhere to an outpatient treatment plan designed to prevent relapse and dangerous deterioration. Louisiana’s AOT Law is known as Nicola’s Law - named after New Orleans Police Officer Nicola Cotton who was killed by a treatment resistant individual who would have met the criteria for AOT.
AOT is a collaborative effort where all actors in the program are invested in helping a patient succeed. Not only does the Treatment Court require the patient to accept treatment, it also requires and assists the mental health system to provide it.
Research shows AOT:
- Helps persons with serious mental illness by reducing homelessness (74%); suicide attempts (55%); and substance abuse (48%);
- Keeps the public safer by reducing physical harm to others (47%) and property destruction (43%);
- Saves money by reducing hospitalization (77%); arrests (83%); and incarceration (87%).
Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information @ HealingMindsNOLA@gmail.com / (504) 274 6091