Calhoun County Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program
Calhoun County Community Mental Health Authority (also known as Summit Pointe), endorsed by the State of Michigan, will coordinate and implement the Calhoun County Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program (CC-AOT). The new system will centralize processes and communications while provide monitoring of individuals on an AOT or Deferral in the county through increased coordination with its civil partners and community service providers. The population of focus will be adults (18+) with serious mental illness (SMI) who are on a civil order. The new CC-AOT team, will intensively serve 75 of the highest need individuals annually, 300 individuals on AOTs over four years in total. The program will utilize and promote evidence-based practices which include Motivational Interviewing, Seeking Safety, Peer/family supports, Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), Illness Management and Recovery (IMR), Crisis Intervention Training, and Mental Health First Aid training; as well as cultural competency cross-systems training. The program will strive to reduce the incidence and duration of psychiatric hospitalization, homelessness, incarcerations, and interaction with the criminal justice system, while improving the health and social outcomes of individuals with SMI and their families for those serve in the coordinated program.
Goal 1: Coordinate and centralize oversight of AOTs. We will develop a centralized database and establish procedures and appropriate staffing for oversight of AOTs. Data collected will inform on disparities, challenges, successes and outcomes which will assist in program modifications.
Goal 2: Establish and implement AOT policy/process in Calhoun County by enhancing relationships, coordination and communication with legal system, courts, police, hospitals and other community partners. We will formalize partnerships through policies/MOUs and monthly partner meetings to evaluate processes.
Goal 3: Develop an AOT hearing process with Probate Court to serve 75 of the most severe AOT population within grant year one. We will establish a procedure to have hearings when individuals on AOTs are non-compliant and provide prevention strategies to decrease recidivism.
Goal 4: Expand treatment services to ensure a comprehensive, evidence-based continuum of treatment, wraparound recovery supports, monitoring and reporting to provide persons with SMI the best opportunity to remain in the least restrictive setting and ultimately decrease service/system utilization. Removing barriers and gaps in services, enhancing monitoring capabilities, increasing staffing and supports, along with training partners on the new AOT system as well as nationally recognized evidence based practices will provide the necessary foundation to support individuals on AOTs and help them remain successful living in our community.