Involuntary/Assisted Outpatient Treatment (IOT/AOT) has become increasingly common across states in the U.S., as well as across the world, since the implementation of New York State’s Kendra’s Law in 1999. You can read more about these programs here.
Typically, a person who is placed on involuntary/assisted outpatient treatment is ordered by a court to take psychotropic medication and attend some type of psychiatric/mental health therapy program. The consequence of not following the court’s treatment plan often includes being involuntarily admitted to a psychiatric hospital, either temporarily or for an extended stay. Sometimes patients agree to IOT/AOT orders without a court order in exchange for being released from a psychiatric hospital/ward, among other reasons.
If you have been ordered on involuntary/assistant outpatient treatment, we invite you to participate in our survey. If you have any questions or want to talk about your IOT experience without taking the survey, email [email protected]
*Note: This is an anonymous survey. You are not expected or required to leave your name or contact info. Alternatively, you will have a chance to leave your contact info at the end of the survey if you’d like to be interviewed for a story we are working on.