Briefs & Reports

State and Community Considerations for Demonstrating the Cost Effectiveness of AOT Services

Using the data points tracked by seven jurisdictions which have implemented court-mandated assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) for individuals with serious mental illness, HMA (under a consulting contract with the Treatment Advocacy Center) developed guidance for policymakers and other public officials to project the net costs of proposed new AOT programs or to assess the cost of existing ones. 

Assisted outpatient treatment refers to a program or collection of services in which community-based mental health treatment is delivered under a civil court order to an individual who meets criteria established by the state where the order is issued.

HMA’s report includes summarized findings of independent AOT cost effectiveness research, and recommendations for additional necessary cost efficacy evaluations. The study does not evaluate the methodology or findings of existing cost effectiveness research.