Tim's Law Petition

Tim Morton was hospitalized by petition 37 times and never had a “right to treatment” before it was too late. He only had a “right to die”, as Kentucky law allows. Tim died March 27, 2014.

“Tim’s law would help the young people who are diagnosed with serious brain diseases today receive the treatment that could save their lives and give them a quality of life that we had only imagined being possible for our son Tim.” Faye Morton, NAMI LEX

Tim’s law is in two sections. It strengthens the already-existing law (KRS 202A.081), which permits individuals with brain diseases or severe mental illness involuntarily committed to the hospital to be discharged on the condition that they agree to – and comply with – court - ordered or “assisted” outpatient treatment, (AOT).

What is AOT? Assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) is court-ordered treatment in the community for individuals who meet strict legal criteria. Most commonly, these individuals are too ill to recognize their own need for medical care, a condition known as *anosognosia. The Kentucky Legislature continues to support updating its AOT law. In 2015, Chairman of the House and Welfare committee, Representative Tom Burch filed bill HB 65 to improve and expand the practice of AOT. The bill had two parts; (1) to enhance the current outpatient agreed order statue, (extending the time and adding supports) and (2) provides a mechanism to help individuals with a symptom of anosognosia to gain services/treatment in the community with court ordered treatment before they were hospitalized. This is the new section for the current KRS202A that provides an individual with treatment before tragedy instead of waiting until they are homicidal, suicidal or become a felon; sentenced to long-term imprisonment. (In which case, they will lose all civil rights and not likely to receive treatment.) This bill was culmination of a broad effort to coalesce advocates throughout Kentucky around a single comprehensive effort. The bill unanimously passed the House Health and Welfare Committee on February 12, 2015, but the Kentucky legislative session ended before the bill could be voted out of the appropriations and Revenue Committee. We expect the broad support built around this last bill to assist in legislative efforts for a new bill in 2016 and ask for your support to contact your state representatives before the general assembly begins in 2016.

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