The aim of the European Assertive Outreach Foundation (EAOF) is to stimulate a European-wide dialogue about the development of evidence-based models of Assertive Outreach (AO). AO interventions target severely mentally ill (SMI) patients in the community, and can be carried out by various multidisciplinary services. Although not all European countries have Assertive Outreach programmes, different programmes can vary widely, particularly with regard to organisational models, patient groups, client participation and research findings. In some European countries AO is widely implemented, a few countries are about to implement AO, and in many other countries there is no AO available. The EAOF brings together clinicians, researchers and policy makers to discuss ways to optimize outpatient care for patients with SMI, including case-finding, searching for ways to increase motivation for treatment and service engagement, participation by clients and their families, rehabilitation and recovery.
The EAOF aims at setting up a European AO network, by organizing international AO conferences every two years in one of the European countries. The EAOF stimulates research across different countries to investigate and compare models of AO, their cost-effectiveness, and the development and implementation of other evidence-based practices within the context of AO. The EAOF will help ensure that the most vulnerable citizens in our communities receive the highest possible quality of care.