Involuntary Outpatient Commitment (IOC) serves individuals diagnosed with serious, persistent mental illness who, due to his/her mental illness are dangerous to him/herself, others or property in the reasonably foreseeable future. These individuals have also demonstrated a history of positive treatment response in an outpatient setting. IOC is an opportunity to effect change before an individual reaches a crisis point which results in an inpatient hospitalization. The individual must have some level of willingness and capacity to participate in the IOC program and plays an active role in the development of his/her treatment plan.
IOC Services are delivered by a multi-disciplinary team comprised of a psychiatrist, care managers, peer support specialists and a director with an emergency screening certification. Services include: case management, service linkage, court system coordination, transportation to IOC related appointments, interaction with family members or other significant social supports, peer support and interim psychiatric medication monitoring for individuals who are not in active treatment at the time of admission. The goal of providing these supports is to increase the individual’s participation and adherence to his/her wellness and recovery plan in order to maintain safety and stability in the community.