Upcoming NAMI Greater Cleveland Community Education Events
All programs are free but registration is required!!
NAMI Ending the Silence
All About Assisted Outpatient Treatment
Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) is the practice of providing community-based treatment under court order to individuals with severe mental illness caught in the “revolving doors” of the mental health and criminal just systems. Studies demonstrate that when adequately funded and carefully implemented, AOT can dramatically improve quality of life and reduce hospitalizations and arrests for its target population. Legislative reforms and federal funding have expanded the opportunity to make AOT a routine “tool in the toolkit” of the Cuyahoga County mental health system.
This presentation will include a basic orientation on AOT and the role it serves in a fully functional system of care. In addition to giving local advocates and family members a better understanding of AOT, participants will also be able to identify ways they can help to sustain and improve a local AOT program that prioritizes individual and family engagement.
Betsy Johnson serves as the Policy Advisor for the Treatment Advocacy Center. Prior to joining TAC, she was the Associate Executive Director at NAMI Ohio for over ten years and spearheaded passage of S.B. 43, Ohio’s Assisted Outpatient Treatment law. Betsy reached out to TAC for assistance after five “NAMI Mommies” approached her to ask for help in getting the law changed so they could get their adult children the help they needed to get out of the revolving door of hospitalization and incarceration. After the law passed unanimously, Betsy joined TAC so she could work full time on a program she had grown to love.
Because Betsy resides in Ohio, she is able to work closely with counties throughout the state to implement new AOT programs and enhance those already in existence. Additionally, she is in a position to help communities individually and collectively overcome barriers to implementation and identify opportunities to maximize the effectiveness of their programs. As a result, Ohio is at the forefront of innovation when it comes to AOT, often leading the way for the rest of the country.
As an advocate and family member with loved ones with untreated mental illness, Betsy understands the frustration, pain and hopefulness that many family members face when seeking help for someone who is unable to recognize their need for treatment. It is this perspective that she brings to the TAC implementation team.
Thank you to Dr. Erum Ahmad Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center for her December 10, 2018 presentation – Everyone Gets Anxious
sponsored by the Westlake Porter Public Library.
Thank you to John Hertzer, MD, Director, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, for his January 16th, 2018 presentation – Sleep Solutions
The program was co-sponsored by Connecting for Kids
Thank you to Erum Ahmad, MD and Grace Pinto Britton, MD
of University Hospital Cleveland Medical Center
for their March 29th presentation – Overview of Psychiatric Medications