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Texas AOT Coalition

What is the Texas AOT Coalition?

The Texas Advocacy Center has asked for some local leaders to help guide the work in Texas. JCMH Executive Director Kristi Taylor will co-chair the this coalition with Daniela Chisolm, Assistant County Attorney, Mental Health Division, El Paso County. The coalition will meet quarterly; meetings will have an educational component and opportunities to discuss ideas for new projects. Some suggestions include developing legislative proposals, creating new tools and resources, starting a mentorship program, and sharing forms that would be available online for free.

 

Date Time Materials Location
February 16 12:00 - 1:00 pm central  Agenda Zoom link
April 19 TBD Agenda Virtual
August 16 TBD Agenda Virtual

The Treatment Advocacy Center's essential elements of an AOT program are to:

  1. Identify individuals within the service area who appear to be persistently non-adherent with needed treatment for their mental illness and meet criteria for AOT under state law;
  2. Ensure that whenever such individuals are identified, the mental health system itself takes the initiative to gather the required evidence and petition the court for AOT, rather than rely on community members to do so (although community members should not be impeded from initiating an AOT petition or investigation where permitted by state law);
  3. Safeguard the due process rights of participants at all stages of AOT proceedings;
  4. Maintain clear lines of communication between the court and the treatment team, such that the court receives the clinical information it needs to exercise its authority appropriately and the treatment team is able to leverage the court’s powers as needed;
  5. Provide evidence-based treatment services focused on engagement and helping the participant maintain stability and safety in the community;
  6. Continually evaluate the appropriateness of the participant’s treatment plan throughout the AOT period, and make adjustments as warranted;
  7. Employ specific protocols to respond in the event that an AOT participant falters in maintaining treatment engagement;
  8. Evaluate each AOT participant at the end of the commitment period to determine whether it is appropriate to seek renewal of the commitment or allow the participant to transition to voluntary care;
  9. Ensure that upon transitioning out of the program, each participant remains connected to the treatment services they continue to need to maintain stability and safety.