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(a) Referral to AOT provides two key opportunities for voluntary engagement of individuals meeting AOT criteria prior to a court hearing:
(1) Immediately after the request for petition and before the filing of a petition with the court; and
(2) After the filing of a petition and before the conclusion of the court hearing on the petition.
(b) At each of the two opportunity points listed in Subsection 4114(a), the Care Team shall make every attempt to engage the Referred Individual into voluntary treatment.
(c) The Referred Individual shall at all times have the opportunity to voluntarily participate in a FSP. The Care Team shall work closely with the Referred Individual and the individual initiating the petition in an effort to engage the Referred Individual into a FSP as a preferred alternative to court-ordered treatment.
(d) All evaluations of the Referred Individual shall be conducted in the least restrictive setting.
(e) The Referred Individual may not be transported for evaluation by a peace, probation or parole officer, unless there is probable cause to believe that the individual meets the criteria required by California Welfare and Institutions Code § 5150, or there is no other means to safely transport the Referred Individual.
(f) The AOT Team shall also ensure that individuals referred for AOT who do not meet AOT criteria are evaluated for, and connected to, the appropriate level of mental health treatment.
(Added by Ord. 154-14, File No. 140557, App. 7/22/2014, Eff. 8/21/2014)