Court Overturns Schizophrenic's Conviction Being in NY, I come in contact with this frequently. From the NY State Dept. of Mental Health: Kendra's Law "New York State has enacted legislation that provides for court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) for certain people with mental illness who, in view of their treatment history and present circumstances, are unlikely to survive safely in the community without supervision." This allows us to have a team that visits the patient, if they're locatable, and encourage medication compliance. The system if flawed, of course, in that they cannot force a patient to take meds and because they are often unable to be found. It does open the door to having some leverage, however.