Louisiana’s Law for Assistive Outpatient Treatment (Louisiana ACT 407) allows the director of a hospital, emergency receiving center or Regional / District Mental Health Director to petition the local court for involuntary outpatient treatment of certain individuals meeting the criteria established in law. This court-ordered treatment is called assisted outpatient treatment. This Assistive Outpatient Treatment Law is an important treatment tool that allows individuals, who due to the debilitating effects of their mental illness have a history of non-compliance with treatment, to be court ordered into outpatient treatment without ordering them into more restrictive inpatient care.
An individual may be placed in assistive outpatient treatment only if, after a hearing, the court finds that all of the following have been met. The individual must:
Contact the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health designated Assistive Outpatient Treatment Coordinator in the region / district in which the individual resides for assistance.