- Assisted outpatient treatment (AOT), also known as Kevin’s Law in Michigan, is a legal mechanism for providing outpatient treatment to some individuals living with serious mental illness (SMI) whose non-engagement in treatment places them at risk for negative outcomes.
- It is an evidence-based tool that promotes recovery, reduces harmful behavior, hospitalization and emergency room use.
- AOT works by compelling the person to receive treatment to prevent their condition from worsening and by formally committing the mental health system to provide treatment.
- A co-responder program includes the creation of a team approach to include a clinician that offers crisis intervention to help de-escalate and/or stabilize the individual to prevent further criminal justice involvement, when possible.
- OCHN has formed multiple partnerships with law enforcement agencies to embed a behavior health clinician to assist officers and people served.
- Individuals are provided with referral to resources, including mental health and/or substance use services.
- Pre-Booking Diversion services offer persons diagnosed with a developmental disability, mental illness, or substance use disorder the opportunity to receive treatment within the community instead being charged with a criminal offense for a non-violent misdemeanor.
- OCHN has partnered with the Oakland County Prosecutors office for an on-site liaison to assess individuals for mental health/substance use/co-occurring needs.
- Early diversion opportunities are explored by screening, linking, and referring individuals to service providers.