Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program

The Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) program, also known as Laura’s Law, provides court-ordered treatment for persons with severe mental illness who meet the criteria listed below. The program is designed to assist individuals who are resistant to obtaining or maintaining treatment.

AOT referral and criteria verification: (855) HCA-1421 (855-422-1421)
For more information about Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT), please see this AOT (Laura's Law) PowerPoint Training.


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


Behavioral Health Resources

  • OC Links 855-OC-Links (625-4657)
    Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Information and Referral for anyone seeking Behavioral Health Services, including:  mental health, crisis programs, alcohol and drug inpatient and outpatient, and prevention and early intervention services.
  • Emergency Psychiatric Evaluation
    (866) 830-6011 / 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    The Crisis Assessment Team responds to private residences, police stations, health clinics, private doctors’, therapists’ offices, and in the field
  • Orange County Crisis Prevention Hotline
    1-877-7CRISIS or 1-877-727-4747
  • BHS Emergency Phone Numbers