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Laws and legislation

Posted: Saturday, April 6, 2013 9:28 am

Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) allows courts to order certain individuals with brain disorders to comply with treatment while living in the community. The criteria to place someone in AOT are easier to meet than the “imminent dangerousness” standard often required for inpatient commitment.

AOT allows someone to be ordered into treatment “to prevent a relapse or deterioration which would likely result in serious harm to the patient or others.” Prior law required ‘dangerousness’ before action could be taken, Assisted Outpatient Treatment works to prevent it.

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