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AOT Procedural Questions – Miscellaneous

What is the role of health care proxies?

If an individual has executed a health care proxy, any directions included in such proxy shall be taken into account by the court in determining the written treatment plan. However, nothing precludes a person with a health care proxy from being eligible for assisted outpatient treatment.

Can the county or provider of services bill private insurance for court ordered services and do they have to pay?

Insurance companies may be billed for services, however the insurance company is not mandated to pay for court ordered services. It must be a reimbursable service within that particular insurance company’s policy for payment to be made.

Must an individual have an AOT order to be eligible for the Medication Grant Program (MGP) under Kendra’s Law?

No. The Medication Grant Program (MGP) is intended for those individuals being released or discharged from jail/prison and hospitals who require medication(s) to treat mental illness and for whom a Medicaid application is being processed. AOT status is irrelevant with regard to eligibility for MGP.

Can the Medication Grant Program cover medication for non-insured AOT cases?

Yes, if the client meets the requirements of the Medication Grant Program. (Please refer to the MGP brochure for additional information.)

Where can I get more information?

Contact Moira Tashjian, Interim Statewide Director of AOT for the New York State Office of Mental Health, by e-mail or find the OMH AOT Program Coordinator in your local OMH Field Office.

Additional information on Kendra’s Law/Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)

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