January 17, 2012
Assertive Community Treatment
ACT is an intensive, outreach program for people with severe and persistent mental illness, often with a co-morbid substance use disorder. There are generally 70 clients with a low client to staff ratio (about 10:1). The program design favors work at the client’s residence or in the community. Staff observe clients set-up their medications and observe them take eyes-on AM medication. The staff then conducts a mental status exam and offers community support and resources to the client. Staff run different therapy and skills groups (such as DBT Skills or Shopping Group) and also individual therapy. Each team employs case managers, a nurse, psychiatrist, peer support specialist, and mental health practitioner.