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Erie County Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program VALUES


The Erie County AOT Program supports the following values in implementing services under Section §9.60 of the Mental Hygiene Law:

  • To help each mental health consumer who is referred to the Program to achieve and maintain stability through linkage with the most effective and least restrictive services available.
  • To promote a flexible service delivery system providing each consumer opportunities to negotiate an individual service plan which is specific to his/her needs and preferences, with appropriate participation and support of service providers and significant others.
  • To involve the consumer community in the overall planning and evaluation of services.
  • To utilize Peer Support wherever possible to enhance consumer engagement and involvement in services.
  • To utilize Diversion to the extent possible at every stage of the process, to maximize positive interventions and minimize legal constraints.
  • To enhance the ability of consumers to live safely in the community.
  • To serve as a resource to hospitals and other service providers in discharge planning and assisting consumers in making positive transitions between levels of care.
  • To identify gaps in the service delivery system and to promote development of services to respond to needs.
  • To continually improve AOT services through evaluation of service delivery initiatives.