Assisted Outpatient Treatment Services Launches

Together Towards Recovery

AOT-team

AOT Team:  Terry Wilcox-Rittgers, Carmen Guerridos, Sharon Langtry, Nick Zwerdling, Sahara Lirone (not shown)

Developed out of the County’s adoption of Laura’s Law (Assembly Bill 1421) in the summer of 2015, the Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) is a program that reaches out to people with a severe mental illness who are not connected to services and are challenged with living safely and stably in our community.

The team works collaboratively with individuals, their family members and partners to provide the right care at the right place and right time. Our dedicated team helps decrease mental health crises, hospitalizations, incarceration and homelessness while helping people achieve and maintain their physical and mental health.

San Mateo County’s AOT outreaches to people who are not connected to treatment and engages them in services provided by Caminar’s Full Service Partnership (FSP),  a community based program which provides intensive mental health services.  The program includes 24/7 care and services such as intensive case management, psychiatry, medication management, benefit and housing support, life skill development, as well as guidance and support to help people reach their recovery goals.

Eligibility:

A person must meet all of these conditions to be eligible for AOT: 18 years old and over, seriously mentally ill, and a San Mateo County resident

  • Have a history of not following through with treatment for their mental illness resulting in:
    • having been hospitalized and/or incarcerated two or more times within the last 3 years. Or,
    • having threatened or attempted a significantly dangerous behavior towards themselves or others at least one time in the past 2 years.
  • Were previously offered treatment on a voluntary basis and refused it, and whose health is quickly declining.

Referrals:

Call 650-372-6125 or email AOT@smcgov.org.

Learn more about San Mateo County’s AOT services.