ACT (Assertive Community Treatment)
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is an evidence-based practice that improves outcomes for adults with severe mental illness who are most at-risk of psychiatric crisis and hospitalization. In 1994, Community Support Services launched its first ACT team. Persons referred for ACT typically have a history of multiple hospitalizations and crisis interventions services.
ACT is a multidisciplinary team approach. ACT provides wraparound services, including intensive case management, assertive community outreach, substance use specialists, vocational specialists, peer support, counseling, and nursing services. The consistent, caring, person-centered relationships have a positive effect upon outcomes and quality of life. They employ principles of motivational interviewing and a stage of change model to provide community-based services to the unique needs of this population. Research shows that ACT reduces hospitalization, increases housing stability, and improves quality of life for people with the most severe symptoms of mental illness.
CSS has 3 ACT teams dedicated to providing these services:
- ACT- North – serving the northern region of Summit County.
- ACT-South – serving the southern region of Summit County.
- SAMI PACT – (Substance Abuse Mental Illness – Program of Assertive Community Treatment) – The SAMI PACT team is designed for clients with significant mental health and substance abuse issues, serving the entire county of Summit.
To be eligible for ACT services, a prior authorization is required (as of 1/1/2018).