Assisted Outpatient Treatment Coordinator
Ilana Horowitz, a native New Yorker, works at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center (Brooklyn, NY). Ilana coordinates court-ordered mental health treatment for patients in compliance with The Assisted Outpatient Treatment Act, or "Kendra's Law," a New York law ensuring that individuals diagnosed with mental illness, in particular, those who present a danger to themselves or others, follow their prescribed treatment. Ilana interacts with a broad range of people, including psychiatrists, lawyers, case managers, medical personnel, and patients, to help provide services to patients in need. Ilana credits the School of Social Work with providing the training and knowledge enabling her to work with chronically mentally ill patients and their caregivers: "NYU definitely trained me in engagement, in working with people, and to reflect on the ways illness is approached."