What is Assertive Community Treatment?
ACT, is a way of delivering a full range of services to people who have a serious mental illness.
ACT's goal is to give consumers comprehensive community-based care to help them increase their stability to have a life that isn't dominated by their mental illnesses.
How does ACT help consumers?
Consumers get help taking care of their basic needs. The ACT Teams help consumers find housing, apply for food stamps, go back to school or get a job, reduce or eliminate substance use, reduce impact from difficult life experiences in therapy, monitor and administer medications, provide peer support, and find the right psychiatric medications for their needs. The ACT teams work closely with consumers to improve their mental health so they can have the best quality of life possible. ACT is an evidence-based practice with proven outcomes to reduce psychiatric hospitalizations, reduce legal involvement, and improve housing stability.
How does ACT work?
A team approach: A psychiatric medication manager, nurse, mental health therapist, substance use disorder counselor, case manager, and peer support specialist join together on the ACT team to give consumers individualized, ongoing care.
Services provided where they are needed: Consumers can receive services in their homes, where they work, in group settings, and in other settings in the community where problems occur or where support is needed.
Time unlimited support: The ACT team gives consumers the services and support they need for as long as they need them.
Continuous care: Several ACT team members work regularly with each consumer at all times.
Flexible care: ACT teams fit their schedules around the needs of the consumer.
Comprehensive care: ACT teams provide an array of services to help meet consumer needs.
Services provided when they are needed: ACT services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Someone is always available to handle an emergency.