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Office of Mental Health

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The Office of Mental Health will continue to monitor the characteristics and outcomes of persons who are under court order. No recommendations for statutory amendment to Kendra's Law are recommended at this time. Evaluation results are reviewed monthly in a quality improvement process with the goal of identifying opportunities for program improvement and policy change. In addition to OMH's ongoing AOT program evaluation and monitoring activities, OMH researchers, in collaboration with researchers at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, have launched a controlled study to establish the effectiveness of AOT in the reduction of harmful behaviors, incarceration and psychiatric hospitalization. A final report on the AOT program is due to the Governor and Legislature on March 1, 2005.

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