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OMH Assisted Outpatient Treatment Focus Group

February 2, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is in the process of evaluating Assisted Outpatient Treatment or AOT  – also known as Kendra’s Law – and planning for a new study to evaluate the AOT program.   We have set up a focus group for the public mental health system – providers – with experience serving individuals enrolled in AOT.

The purpose of this focus group is to help us obtain input from you, as a provider of service to individuals on AOT, about what’s most important to study.  We’re also seeking input from individuals with lived experience related to AOT, their family members and the advocacy community.  For information about those focus groups, please email Suzanne Feeney, Suzanne.Feeney2@omh.ny.gov

Focus Group Information: February, 2nd, 2023   10:00am-11:30am

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On August 9, 1999, the Governor signed Kendra’s Law (Chapter 408 of the Laws of 1999), creating a statutory framework for court-ordered Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) to ensure that individuals with mental illness and a history of hospitalizations or violence participate in community-based services appropriate to their needs. The law became effective in November of 1999 and reviewed periodically by the legislature for continuation.  Since that time, the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) has been evaluating the impact of Kendra’s Law on individuals receiving court-ordered services. This past Budget session, in April of 2022, included several new substantive changes, and again extends the law until 2027. In 2009 the Duke Study was published, which was the first independent evaluation of the program.

For more information about AOT please visit: https://my.omh.ny.gov/bi/aot

Again, we’re inviting your participation in the focus groups to help us plan for an updated, objective study of the AOT program.  Thank you! 

Questions about the focus groups can be sent to Suzanne Feeney, Suzanne.Feeney2@omh.ny.gov


February 2, 2023
10:00 am - 11:30 am