Assertive Community Treatment in Action


Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is a positive support. People with mental illness use this positive support so that they can live on their own. ACT helps a person to be more successful at home and at work. A team works with each person to make sure he has what he needs anytime day or night. ACT team members include different people. Team members include family members, friends, doctors, mental health professionals, and nurses. Some team members help a person when they are upset or need help to stop drinking. Other team members can help the person at work. The goal is to help each person meet personal goals. Goals can include making new friends, getting to work on time, taking medication, and staying healthy.

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In Depth


Assertive Community Treatment Summary

Teamwork in Assertive Community Treatment Scale

Assertive Community Treatment Implementation Manual—The Evidence-based Treatment Guide from The Center for Evidence-based Practices and Its Ohio Assertive Community Treatment Coordinating Center of Excellence

Article on Fidelity of Implementation: Tool for Measurement of Assertive Community Treatment 
Monroe-DeVita, M., Teague. G.B., & Moser, L.L. (2011). The TMACT: A New Tool for Measuring Fidelity to Assertive Community Treatment. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 17: 17 DOI: 10.1177/1078390310394658

Cost Effectiveness of Assertive Community Treatment
Clark, R. E., Teague, G. B., Ricketts, S. K., Bush, P. W., Xie, H., McGuire, T. G., … Zubkoff, M. (1998). Cost-effectiveness of assertive community treatment versus standard case management for persons with co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders. Health Services Research, 33(5 Pt. 1), 1285–1308.