Programs that can arrange a doctor's authorization for a person with a serious mental health disorder to receive treatment or care and supervision in the community as an alternative to continued hospitalization, usually for 90 to 180 days. A community treatment plan is prepared outlining medications, medical appointments and other necessary care. The consent of a person subject to a Community Treatment Order (CTO), or his or her substitute decision-maker, must be voluntary, informed and not coerced, and may be rescinded at any time although that may necessitate re-hospitalization.
Mobile psychiatric emergency teams composed of designated mental health workers (psychiatrists, RN's, MSW's, psychologists, psychiatric technicians) in any combination which intervene in situations where an individual's mental or emotional condition results in behaviour which constitutes an imminent danger to him or herself or to another and is unwilling to seek voluntary treatment. These teams may operate under the authority of the Mental Health Boards or in conjunction with Regional Health areas.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.