5 thoughts on “What Does Enforcing Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) Look Like?

  • April 29, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    My first thought was, ‘Oh, like political re-education camp in China?’

    • April 29, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      Can you expand on that, Cia? Thanks for reading — I appreciate it a lot! ~Gabe

  • May 8, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    I work with the mentally ill in my area. And in my state we have both forced in-patient and out-patient psychiatric care programs. I agree it can be traumatizing for some clients if law enforcement is involved. But I do wonder what the requirements are to get an order to force treatment in Ohio? Typically that is only ordered if a person is a danger to themselves or others- same as in-patient commitment. And typically out-patient commitment is not as traumatic as in-patient would be, in my opinion. I do have an issue with repeat DUI offenders not being forced for treatment though- They are definitely a danger to society! And I think in many cases they are court-ordered for treatment; again, this could be one of those things that is different from state to state.

  • April 29, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    My question is what of people with major mental illness who don’t recognize they need treatment? Persons who can’t realize they are seriously mentally ill? OTOH how do the police identify who needs to be psych. treatment. What criteria are the courts going by. I realize these are questions for each individual state AOT is a part of.

  • May 7, 2017 at 11:13 am

    The court system and police are not equipped for medical care and sadly, neither are the psychiatric wards. While under mental health commitment, the Psychiatrists refused to monitor my thyroid level or administer my thyroid medication and others were refused their hormone based prescriptions, etc. MRI’s for organic syndromes and diseases are not given, nor are there blood tests given for fairly common deficiencies that cause psychiatric disturbances. The uncommon is not ruled out either. Psychotropic medications are given in abundance and if there is a bad side effect and some one reacts unwell, they are given things like thorazine. Strong antipsychotics and antidepressants are doled out like candy and side effects treated with more medications. Suffering from tardive dyskinesia? You’ll have to wait a month or more and hope that you have a family member or meet a nurse with a conscience to advocate for you. The Psychiatrists, however well meaning, spend a few minutes with each patient and make their best guess at which drug to add to their roster. It is not only the manner in which people are detained that is the problem with the mental health system. Even therapy seems to be more geared toward diagnostic labels based on a checklist of symptoms and avoidance of triggering than actually curing or helping some one to function independently of the system. Mental health treatment is a cumbersome maze that could be improved at every level.


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