Refer someone for Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)

Refer someone with a known mental illness for treatment if they don't have care and need help to prevent a crisis.

What to do

Fill out a form

If you are a provider, fill out the provider referral form.

If you are not a provider, fill out a referral form in the language of your choice: 

Submit your referral form

Submit your referral form by email or fax:

Wait for our phone call

Someone from the AOT Care Team will review your referral form.

They will call you within 1 business day to discuss the case further.



Call us

To refer someone over the phone, call us during normal business hours.

If we don't answer, leave a clear message and number where you can be reached.

AOT Program

Toll free number: 844-255-4097
TDD: 888-484-7200

About Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) or "Laura's Law"

San Francisco offers community-based services that give people struggling with mental illness the option to seek voluntary treatment. If intervention is necessary, the Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) program (or Laura’s Law) can help. 

The goal of this program is to provide intensive outpatient services to people who need it to improve their quality of life. AOT can also prevent decompensation and cycling through acute services (e.g., psychiatric hospitalization) and incarceration.

Get help


If this is a psychiatric or medical emergency, call 9-1-1.

For San Francisco Suicide Prevention, call 415-781-0500.

Last updated April 18, 2024