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Final Report on the Status of Assisted Outpatient Treatment Table of Contents

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Introduction

Implementation of Assisted Outpatient Treatment

Eligibility Criteria for AOT

Resources to Provide Court-Ordered Services

AOT Program Administration

State Oversight
Impact of AOT on Local Mental Health Systems
How AOT Evolved Over the Past Five Years

Program Evaluation Findings

Summary of AOT Proceedings

Referrals/Investigations, Petitions, Court Orders and Service Enhancements
Length of Time in AOT
Reasons for Non-Renewal of Court Orders
Living Situation at Termination of AOT

Characteristics of AOT Recipients

Demographics
Diagnosis
Incidence of Hospitalization, Homelessness, Arrest and Incarceration

Outcomes for Recipients during the First Six Months of AOT

Increased Participation in Case Management and Other Services
Increased Engagement in Services and Adherence to Prescribed Medication
Improved Community and Social Functioning
Reduced Incidence of Harmful Behaviors

Longer Term Findings: Outcomes for AOT Recipients Beyond the Initial Six Months

Reduced Incidence of Hospitalization, Homelessness, Arrest, and Incarceration
Reductions in Days Hospitalized for Psychiatric Care
Sustained Improvements in Overall Functioning and Reductions in Harmful Behaviors

Opinions of AOT Recipients Concerning Court-ordered Treatment

Summary

Appendix 1: Laws of New York, 1999, Chapter 408

Appendix 2: Kendra's Law: Assisted Outpatient Treatment in New York

Appendix 3: In the Matter of K.L.

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