Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
What is the Assertive Community Treatment?
Assertive Community Treatment, or ACT, provides a full range of services to people diagnosed with a serious mental illness (SMI). ACT teams offer complete, community‑based treatment to people in the most difficult situations. The teams help with these ongoing needs ‑ where and when client’s need it.
Desert View partners with Capacity Builders and Samhsa Grant to offer a specialty ACT team that serves San Juan County including the Navajo Reservation.
How does ACT help client’s?
ACT helps the client take care of their basic needs. These needs can include taking their medications, keeping their appointments, and getting through the day. The ACT Coordinator works closely with the client to see which medications work best for them. They help them find housing or jobs. They also helps them apply for services, go back to school, or get a job. We can help with obtaining a driver’s license or replacing a lost social security card.
ACT can Coordinate:
- Crisis Assessment and Intervention
- Comprehensive assessment
- Individual therapy and support groups
- Substance abuse treatment
- Side by side assistance with activities of daily living
- Intervention with support networks (family, friends, landlords, neighbors, etc.,)
- Support services, such as prescription, administration, and mentoring
How does ACT compare with traditional treatment?
ACT is an “evidence‑based” practice. That means research shows that ACT works. Many studies have shown that people who get ACT services spend much less time in hospitals. They also show that they are more likely to:
- Keep their jobs
- Experience more positive social relationships
- Have more satisfaction with life
- Experience less intense symptoms
How does ACT work?
*A team approach. Psychiatrists, nurses, mental health professionals, employment, housing, and substance abuse specialists are part of ACT teams. They give members ongoing, individualized care. They provide wrap‑around services to members with the most complex and persistent needs.
* Services when and where they are needed. Members receive ACT services in their homes, where they work, and in other community settings. They can get help anywhere problems occur or where support is needed.
- Personalized care
ACT Coordinator work with various resources. They match supports and services for each individual.
- No time limit on support
ACT Coordinator give whatever services and supports they need for as long as they need them.
- Continuous care
All ACT team members work with each member on a regular basis.
- Flexible care
ACT teams fit their schedules around members’ needs.
- Comprehensive care
ACT teams provide many services to help meet members’ needs.