“Kendra’s Law” (§9.60 of the Mental Hygiene Law) mandates mental health services for a small number of individuals who have difficulty engaging in rehabilitation and can pose a risk to themselves or others in the community. The order is granted in civil court. The New York City Assisted Outpatient Treatment program is responsible for the implementation of Kendra’s Law in the five boroughs of New York City.
An individual must meet the following criteria:
Almost anyone with personal contact with the individual can make a referral including family, roommates, treatment providers, and parole or probation officer.
A civil court can grant an AOT order of up to one year. Prior to the order expiring, a psychiatrist will conduct an exam to determine if the consumer will still benefit from an AOT order and will make a recommendation to the court. A judge will then decide at another civil court hearing if the order should be renewed.
If the consumer is not complying with an aspect of their treatment plan, AOT will collaborate with the treatment provider. After the service providers have made every attempt to engage the consumer to no avail, and it appears that the consumer may require inpatient hospitalization a provider may request that the individual be involuntarily transported to a hospital’s psychiatric emergency room.
To learn more about making an inquiry or referral for an AOT Order please call one of the Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program’s main numbers:
For 24 hour / seven days per week mental and behavioral health information call 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355).
Find the right drug or alcohol abuse treatment program with the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator.