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Kendra's Law: Final Report on the Status of Assisted Outpatient Treatment
Implementation of Assisted Outpatient Treatment

Kendra's Law established new mechanisms for identifying individuals who, in view of their treatment history and circumstances, are likely to have difficulty living safely in the community without close monitoring and mandatory participation in treatment. It also established mechanisms for ensuring that local mental health systems give these individuals priority access to case management and other services necessary to ensure their safety and successful community living.

The statute created a petition process, found in Mental Hygiene Law section 9.60, designed to identify at-risk individuals using specific eligibility criteria, assess whether court-ordered outpatient treatment is required, and if so, develop and implement mandatory treatment plans consisting of case management and other necessary services.

Kendra's Law requires that each county in New York State and New York City establish a local AOT program to implement the statute's requirements, and charges OMH with the responsibility for monitoring and overseeing the implementation of AOT statewide. Implementation of Kendra's Law and AOT has been a joint responsibility and collaboration between OMH and local mental health authorities.

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