Employment 2017-01-16T13:39:47+00:00


Man in wheelchair working in his home office

Employment is an important part of life for most people. Having a job allows people to make money and be independent. Many people report that their job helps them to feel like they are part of society. A person may describe her work as an important part of who she is as a person. However, it is not easy for everyone to find jobs. When someone cannot find work, she may feel unhappy or depressed. Sometimes people have trouble finding or keeping a job. Mental illness, developmental disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injury or other disabilities can make it more difficult to find a job. Positive supports are used to help adolescents and adults find and keep jobs that they enjoy. Some positive supports help people by improving their social and emotional wellbeing. Other practices prepare people by teaching important job skills. A business will use positive supports to help everyone within a work environment to be more successful. These types of practices help create positive and productive work settings.

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Minnesota Resources

MN Department of Human Services Online Mental Health Policy Manual

Minnesota Adult Mental Health Assertive Community Treatment Information

Minnesota Standards for Assertive Community Treatment

Minnesota Assertive Community Treatment Dartmouth Assertive Community Treatment Scale

National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota –Fact Sheet on ACT

National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota – Minnesota’s Adult Mental Health Resource Guide: Hope for Recovery

National Resources

Assertive Community Treatment Evidence-based Practices Kit

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

Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development Article on ACT
Assertive Community Treatment and Motivational Interviewing
Manthey TJ, Blajeski S & Monroe-DeVita M. (2012). Motivational Interviewing and Assertive Community Treatment: A Case for Training ACT Teams.  International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation. Vol 16(1) 5-16.
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.