ACT – Assertive Community Treatment
Assertive Community Treatment, or ACT, is an intensive and highly integrated approach for community mental health service delivery. Recovery Technology’s ACT program serves people whose symptoms of mental illness result in serious functioning difficulties in several major areas of life, often including work, social relationships, residential independence, money management, and physical health and wellness.
The ACT program strives to lessen or eliminate the debilitating symptoms of mental illness each individual consumer experiences and to minimize or prevent recurrent acute episodes of the illness, to meet basic needs and enhance quality of life, to improve functioning in adult social and employment roles, to enhance an individual’s ability to live independently in his or her own community, and to lessen the family’s burden of providing care.While in the program our ACT Team accepts clinical responsibility for being the primary source of service for enrolled consumers.
ACT consumers are actively involved in planning their treatment and reaching their personal goals. The services offered by Recovery Technology’s ACT team are provided in an outreach manner for individuals in their “real world” natural environments, by staff trained in professions such as social work, counseling, psychology, nursing, psychiatry, and peer advocates. Services vary in intensity and may include multiple contacts with ACT Team staff on a daily or weekly basis. The services provided by our ACT Team are comprehensive and highly individualized and are available 24-hour a day, 7-days a week, 365 days a year.
Services that ACT teams can provide include:
- Team treatment with a shared caseload
- Psychiatric service
- Medication assistance and monitoring
- Assistance meeting basic needs such as food, laundry, personal hygiene, obtaining clothing or transportation
- Case management services including linking, monitoring, advocacy, and providing assistance in applying for benefits, plus completion of assessments, person-centered plans, and all other documents needed
- Nursing services such as assessment, consultation, medication monitoring and/or injections, and coordination with other health care professionals
- Finding and maintaining housing
- Crisis services provided by team staff
- Social activities
- Coordination with family and friends
- Budgeting if needed
- Vocational services such as job placement and coaching, education or volunteer placements
- Group and individual therapy for persons with co-occurring substance use disorders
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy DBT for individuals with emotion regulation disorders
- Other supportive counseling as needed
- Support and liaison services for individuals who are hospitalized or incarcerated
- Support from peer staff
- Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment IDDT
The mission of ACT is to promote independence, rehabilitation and recovery, and in doing so prevent homelessness, unnecessary hospitalization and other negative outcomes.