On March 30, 2005, Kevin’s Law, also referred to as Assisted Outpatient Treatment, went into effect. The purpose of Kevin’s Law is to legally require adults with mental illness that refuse treatment to accept services.
It pertains specifically to people whose “non-compliance” with treatment has been a factor in at least two psychiatric hospitalizations or jail sentences, or one or more acts/attempts/threats of serious violent behaviour within 48 months.
In partnership with Oakland County Probate Court, Oakland Community Health Network has utilized Kevin’s Law to assist adults with mental illness in accessing services. OCHN utilizes the Law with caution, as to not minimize people’s civil liberties.
For more information about Kevin’s Law, please contact the Common Ground at (800) 231-1127.