Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is an evidence based practice that improves outcomes for people with severe and chronic mental illness who are most at-risk of homelessness, psychiatric crises and hospitalization, involvement in the criminal justice system. ACT is a client driven , multidisciplinary team approach that provides community-based flexible treatment and support 24/7. Team members have backgrounds in social work, nursing, psychiatry, substance abuse treatment, mental health therapy and case management . Team members help the person address every aspect of their life, including medication management, therapy, social support, and housing employment, and education goals.
The goal of an ACT program is to support a person in developing independent living skills and improved quality of life through integration in their community. Evidence has shown that people have betteroutcomes when their mental health providers work together in a wraparound approach with consistent, caring, person-centered relationships to improve quality of life. People receiving ACT services tent to utilize fewer intensive high-cost services such as emergency department visits, psychiatric crisis services, and psychiatric hospitalization. They also experience more independent living and higher rates of treatment retention.