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In The News: National Alliance on Mental Illness, Stanislaus

January 10, 2019

STANISLAUS COUNTY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & RECOVERY SERVICES Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)

AOT Flyer (Spanish)

AOT Flyer

AOT is a civil court-order for treatment of individuals with severe and persistent mental illness who meet strict legal criteria. Often these individuals experience sever mental health symptoms which impact their ability to recognize the need for treatment.

                        The individual must:

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    Skepticism turned to enthusiasm for the Board of Supervisors after they heard the implementation plan for Laura’s Law in Stanislaus County, which was unanimously approved Tuesday morning following a year-long effort by local advocates of the court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment program.

    The Board gave approval during their weekly meeting for a three-year pilot of the Laura’s Law program – a California law that gives individual counties the power to decide whether or not to implement it – and became the 19th county in the state Read More

    Thirty years ago, I was given a diagnosis of schizophrenia. My prognosis was “grave”: I would never live independently, hold a job, find a loving partner, get married. My home would be a board-and-care facility, my days spent watching TV in a day room with other people debilitated by mental illness. I would work at menial jobs when my symptoms were quiet. Following my last psychiatric hospitalization at the age of 28, I was encouraged by a doctor to Read More

    Both her sons have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and the most difficult part is dealing with the perception of her children’s disorder by other people.

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    Symptoms can range from extreme anxiety to emotional numbness, from violence to withdrawal, from hyper-arousal and activity to clinical depression.

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