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Implementing Assisted Outpatient Treatment in Louisiana

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Capital Area Human Services

4615 Government Street

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Baton Rouge, LA 70806

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Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) is court-ordered outpatient treatment for high-risk individuals with serious mental illness to facilitate community integration and better quality of life. There is evidence that AOT is effective in reducing rates of hospitalization, homelessness, arrest, and incarceration while reducing cost and improving the health and social outcome of participants, yet implementation of AOT remains inconsistent in most of the 47 states where it is authorized by law. Louisiana has an AOT law (Nicola’s Law), but it is seldom used. The Treatment Advocacy Center will present on developing and operating an AOT program.


This will be the second program in a series on implementing AOT programs. Former Judge Oscar Kazen presented in Baton Rouge and New Orleans during programs last November on his experiences presiding over the mental health docket in Bexar County, Texas, and operating an AOT program. This seminar is expected to pick up where Judge Kazen left off, covering the practical aspects of AOT programs.


The common barriers faced by judges, law enforcement, and mental health officials in fully implementing AOT programs will be addressed, including:

  • What are the fundamental components of a formalized AOT program?
  • How do court, treatment community and recovery support systems form partnerships to build effective AOT programs?
  • What are the differences and parallels between AOT and mental health courts?
  • How do AOT programs identify the individuals who most stand to benefit from court-ordered outpatient treatment?
  • How do AOT programs engage participants in treatment?
  • How are AOT court orders enforced?
  • Is AOT consistent with a recovery approach to mental health service delivery?
  • What community-based and judicial resources are necessary to operate an AOT?
  • What takes place at an AOT court hearing?
  • What is the ongoing role of the judge after an AOT order is issued?


The curriculum, developed by the Treatment Advocacy Center, will be targeted to leaders and policymakers of state and local behavioral health agencies, judges, coordinators and providers of outpatient services to high-risk individuals with mental illness, and leaders of peer and/or family advocacy groups. Attendees will receive practical instruction on establishing and maintaining successful AOT programs, forge useful connections, exchange insights and observations, and develop concrete action plans.

Registration will begin at 8:00 AM and the program will begin at 8:30. Seating will be limited, so please register early. Upon registering, participants will receive an invitation to complete a Survey Monkey questionnaire which will help the Treatment Advocacy Center to prepare.

Please direct questions to Janet Hays (healingmindsnola@gmail.com) or John Nosacka, LCSW ( john.nosacka@la.gov).

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Capital Area Human Services

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Baton Rouge, LA 70806

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