What is The Boston Outpatient Assisted Treatment Program?
The Boston Outpatient Assisted Treatment Program (BOAT) is a mental health treatment program created in partnership between the Boston Municipal Court and Boston Medical Center. The program provides intensive social, mental health, and substance use disorder services designed to help court-involved clients maintain stability, achieve recovery within the community, and avoid hospitalization and incarceration.
Thanks to a grant from SAMHSA, we are able to closely monitor treatment outcomes with consistent court oversight and strong clinical and social services support. Our goals are to eliminate barriers to the timely and effective treatment of severe mental illness, remove the stigma associated with mental health diagnoses and work towards decriminalizing mental illness in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
BOAT is tailored for clients who have a major mental illness and have a pending criminal matter within the Boston Municipal Court system, or are a graduate of one of the three mental health sessions held in the Central, Roxbury and West Roxbury divisions.
How can I become a client?
The BOAT Program is available to clients who fall into one of the following three categories: open criminal matters, probation cases, and graduates of mental health court. BOAT is ideal for clients struggling with serious mental illness (SMI), co-occurring substance use disorders, or clients frequently caught in a “revolving door” of repeated psychiatric hospitalizations, and/or arrests leading to detention in jails and prisons.