Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
What is ACT?
ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) is an all-inclusive treatment team that provides services primarily within the community. A low staff-to-client ratio provides the opportunity for intensive rehabilitation services for independent individuals with the highest needs. Individuals involved with ACT will receive whatever it takes to meet their treatment goals. ACT has the capability to see individuals multiple times per week or day, as needed. Individual services and intensity are based on your needs.
What will ACT do for me?
ACT offers treatment, rehabilitation, and support. ACT focuses on your personal goals of recovery and staff hold a belief that any goal is achievable. Staff will assist you on developing these goals and teaching you new skills to reach them. ACT Treatment can include:
- Medication Management
- Medication Service Delivery
- Symptom Assessment
- Mental Health Therapy
- Substance Use Counseling
Who will be on my team?
The ACT team is diverse and covers multiple disciplines. Participants will be assigned a primary staff member, but you will have a whole team of support. Your team could include a variation of any of the following:
- Psychiatrists and APRN-Licensed Professionals who will manage your psychiatric medications
- Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counselors-Licensed Professionals who will provide therapy, support, and evidenced-based practices
- Psychiatric Nurses-Registered Nurses who will manage your psychiatric needs and coordinate and educate on any health care needs.
- Mental Health Workers-Staff who provide a variety of case management, skill building and support with daily needs, and social and family support.
- Support from a Certified Peer Support and Wellness Specialist will provide hope and recovery inspiration. Vocational Specialists will help with job development, placement, and support. Housing Specialist will assist with placement and support.
What kind of support will I get from ACT?
Support includes 24-hour on-call services, transportation, and Peer Support. You will have access to a Psychiatrist or APRN more frequently than in an outpatient setting, leading to a higher rate of success and decrease in hospitalizations. ACT offers a Dual Recovery Group, WRAP Group and a Trauma Informed Seeking Safety Group. You will also receive support and coordination regarding your physical health goals including dental, vision, and primary care.
How do I get ACT services?
ACT has additional admission qualifications, which include having a history of multiple psychiatric hospitalizations and an IQ of at least 80. Ask your current doctor, psychiatrist, therapist, or case manager for a referral to ACT, or call the office for more information.
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We hear this word quite a bit these days. Some of though are not sure who, what and how we can do this.
You can advocate for many things that you feel strongly about, for instance the 2nd Amendment or even what is served in the school’s lunch program.
The most important thing we can advocate for are those who don’t have a voice or have difficulty advocating for themselves. We can do this in many ways including helping those people find their voice to advocate for them. Sometimes we have to walk alongside people to help them do this as they have been affected by past trauma. Also we can advocate you children and vulnerable adults.
Somethings to think about is how people are going to be affected by this, does it interfere with others rights? Sometimes we need to take a stand to help. These things can range from helping in a shelter to talking to legislatures about how a bill can affect a certain population. We all can advocate in some form and are probably already are. If you are not I would like to encourage you look into doing so. When you advocate for others you are not just helping someone but you are helping yourself as well. You will discover that you feel better about yourself, you understand and learn things you didn’t know before, make new friends and also can help build a network of contacts in your field. You never know you just might meet your governor or other influential person you admire. Most of all let’s take care of each other!