Children and Family Services in Action


A father and sonChildren and Family Services provide support to children who do not have natural family members who can care for them. There are a number of settings that support children including foster care, adoption, group homes, or shelters. Adults with disabilities may live with foster families as well. Children or adults who are in foster care or other settings may feel sad, angry, depressed, or anxious. These feelings can be due to a past history of trauma from past abuse, the death of family members, and feelings of loss. Over time, these feelings can make it difficult to be successful in school or at work. Positive supports are used to help children and adults. These practices help improve the quality of a person’s life and increase emotional and behavioral health.

In Depth


Minnesota Adult Mental Health Assertive Community Treatment Information

Minnesota Standards for Assertive Community Treatment

Assertive Community Treatment Summary

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.