Assertive Community Team
ACT is a full support service model incorporating case management and treatment for adults with severe and persistent mental illness, such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, etc. ACT is established as a primary, direct service which provides comprehensive and intensive outpatient mental health treatment, rehabilitative and support services to those persons for whom traditional community mental health services alone have not been effective. ACT services are for those persons with serious mental illness who have not achieved and maintained health and stability in the community, and without these services, would continue to experience hospitalization, incarceration, substance use/abuse, psychiatric emergencies, and/or homelessness. Services are guided by the principle that most individuals with serious mental illness, can live successfully in integrated community settings when adequate, individualized supports and services are provided. ACT merge clinical, rehabilitative and support staff expertise within one service delivery team that enables the individual over time to develop the ability to access and use other needed community services.
The program is designed to include the following array of services:
- Case management, including treatment plan development and execution
- Crisis assessment and intervention, available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
- Symptom assessment, management, psycho education and individual supportive therapy
- Medication prescription, administration, monitoring, and documentation
- Referral to and coordination of substance abuse services
- Assessment and skill development in the area of activities of daily living
- Social, interpersonal relationship, and leisure-time skill training
- Family support and education
- Coordination and advocacy, when indicated, of support services, including health care, housing, financial, transportation, legal, educational and vocational need
Specialized treatment teams include: Psychiatrist, Psychiatric Registered Nurse, Team Leader, Medical Assistant, Case Manager, Counselor, Therapist, Case Manager, Drug and Alcohol Specialist, Vocational Specialist, and Certified Peer Specialist.
Call 724-437-0729 and ask to speak to the Assertive Community Team Program Manager for more information.