For Immediate ReleaseSeptember 19, 2018
Assisted Outpatient Treatment created to reduce hospitalizations, incarcerations
San Rafael, CA – Marin County has launched a two-year pilot program to help mental health patients get the treatment they need to survive safely in the community without supervision and lessen threats to others.
The program, created after staff visits to AOT programs in San Mateo and San Francisco counties, officially started in Marin on September 4.
The AOT program assists people with serious and persistent mental illness aged 18 and over who can benefit from the treatment but decline voluntary participation. Only those with a history of noncompliance, psychiatric hospitalization or incarceration, or violent behavior would qualify for the AOT program.
“The main goal of AOT is to help decrease the number of hospitalizations and incarcerations that clients experience, and those who are not eligible for the program will be connected to appropriate resources,” said Dr. Jei Africa, Marin HHS’ Behavioral Health and Services Director.
Marin HHS expects a high number of referrals but a much smaller number of patients who meet the program criteria. Those referred but not qualified will be redirected to other existing services.
Learn more about the Marin AOT program at www.marinhhs.org.
Dr. Jei AfricaProgram DirectorBehavioral Health and Recovery Services, Department of Health and Human Services
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