San Diego AOT

At Telecare’s Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) program in San Diego, you have the opportunity to connect with a group of people who are here to be your support team. We know that the journey to recovery can be a tough one, and we believe that no one should have to go through it alone.


1660 Hotel Circle North, Ste 101
San Diego, CA  92108
619-481-3840 Main

619-481-3857 FAX

Program Collateral & Information

Essentials At A Glance

Program Type: Community-based

To Make Referrals: The county of San Diego has determined that all persons referred to the Telecare AOT program shall initially be screened and evaluated by the existing In Home Outreach Team (IHOT) program. There are two IHOT programs in San Diego County:

  • MHS Inc. (North Inland, North Coastal, and North Central regions): 760-591-0100 or 858-573-2600 toll free

  • Telecare (Central, East, and South regions): 619-961-2120 or 855-384-4468 toll free

The IHOT program’s clinician will assess and determine if the participant is a candidate for AOT.

# of Members: 57 members

Who We Serve: Adults with serious mental illness who are experiencing repeated hospitalizations or incarcerations but are not engaging in treatment. Only individuals who meet the nine criteria as established under Laura’s Law are eligible for referral to AOT:

  1. At least 18 years of age.

  2. Have a serious mental illness.

  3. Determined unlikely to be safe in the community without supervision.

  4. History of non-compliance with treatment that has either: Been a factor in their hospitalization and/or incarceration at least twice in the last 36 months, or resulted in one or more acts, attempts or threats of serious and violent behavior toward self or another within the last 48 months (not including current event).

  5. Has opportunity to voluntarily participate in mental health treatment but continues to fail to engage.

  6. Condition is substantially deteriorating.

  7. AOT is the least restrictive placement necessary to ensure recovery and stability.

  8. Needs AOT to prevent a relapse or deterioration that would likely result in grave disability or serious harm to self or others.

  9. Be likely to benefit from AOT.

Hours of Operation:

  • Office hours are Monday–Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Drop-in Center is open Monday–Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • On-call staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

About the Program: The San Diego Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) program provides outpatient services to adults with serious mental illness who have been court-ordered to receive services under Laura’s Law. Program members may also have a co-occurring substance use diagnosis. Treatment is provided by a multidisciplinary team and all services are strengths-based and anchored in recovery principles. Individuals identified through assessment that do not voluntarily agree to services are required to go before a judge to determine the need for treatment.