Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)
Assisted Outpatient Treatment, also known as Laura’s Law, was initiated following the 2001 killing of Laura Wilcox by an individual suffering from severe mental illness. Allows Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health to serve seriously mentally ill persons at substantial risk of deterioration as a direct result of poor psychiatric treatment compliance. AOT eligible individuals are outreached in an effort to voluntarily engage them in Full Service Partnership (FSP) services.
If services are refused, AOT-LA may petition the court to order the individual into psychiatric outpatient treatment. AOT-LA Program expands interagency collaboration among courts, County Counsel, Public Defender, Patients’ Rights, and local law enforcement.
How to Access AOT-LA Services