Assisted Outpatient Treatment
AB 1194 signed into law by the Governor!

California AB 1194 will help assure the criteria for involuntary treatment is not tragically narrowed through incorrect interpretation of the law by specifying the determination “shall not be limited to consideration of the danger of imminent harm.”  The improved code also stipulates that “The application shall also record whether the historical course of the person’s mental disorder was considered in the determination, pursuant to Section 5150.05” in the first part of the code where it should be and assures consideration and recordation of historical course.  This legislation is a clarification of existing law, expected to save lives and encourage treatment before unnecessary tragic outcomes.  Now we need to make sure it is implemented correctly in counties throughout California.

Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) for Orange County, CA

Call (855) HCA-1421 - (855) 422-1421

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Who Can Request AOT?
  • Immediate adult family members
  • Adults residing with the individual
  • Director of treating agency, organization, facility or hospital
  • Treating licensed mental health professional
  • Peace officer, parole or probation officer supervising the individual
Who Qualifies for AOT?
  • County resident, minimum 18 years of age
  • Person is suffering from a mental illness
  • Clinical determination that the person is unlikely to survive safely in the community without supervision
  • History of lack of compliance with treatment for his or her mental illness, at least one of the following is true:
  • Person’s mental illness has, at least twice within the last 36 months, been a substantial factor in requiring hospitalization,
    or services in a forensic or mental health unit of a state or local correctional facility.
  • Person’s mental illness resulted in one or more acts of serious violent behavior toward himself or herself or another,
    or threatens, or attempts to cause physical harm to himself or herself or another within the last 48 months.
  • Person has been offered chance to participate in development of their treatment plan for services and
    continues to fail to become involved
  • Person’s condition is substantially deteriorating
  • AOT would be the least restrictive placement, that is appropriate and feasible, and necessary to
    ensure recovery and stability
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The people in Nevada County, CA love Laura’s Law
This video features the director of mental health, Heggerty and Judge Anderson and they show how it really works.

Click on Court House picture below to watch the video.


Comment by Judge Tom Anderson
Presiding Judge, Superior Court of CaliforniaCounty of Nevada

"Laura's Law provides an effective tool to help people who are in serious danger of being involuntarily hospitalized or incarcerated or worse.  The impact of Laura’s Law interventions has been proven to save people from severe mental health deterioration, increase voluntary participation in their own mental health care, increase personal and social stability, decrease the need for crisis intervention and saving of lots of taxpayer money. There is no good reason to not implement Laura’s Law.  In fact, under the current circumstances (considering the budget issues and standards of care) the failure to utilize Laura’s Law might be considered negligent."

Please also watch the video posted under, "Poor Insight" to understand why Laura's Law is needed to help those too ill to help themselves.