U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Assertive Community Treatment
The Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program aims to establish or expand and maintain ACT programs for individuals with a serious mental illness (SMI). The program is expected to improve behavioral health outcomes for individuals by reducing rates of hospitalization, mortality, substance use, homelessness, and involvement with the criminal justice system.
Based on the ACT model, a multi-disciplinary team is available around the clock to deliver a wide range of services in a person’s home or other community settings. ACT was developed to deliver comprehensive and effective services to those who live with the most serious psychiatric symptoms, the most significant social functioning challenges, and whose needs have not been well met by traditional approaches. ACT is a service delivery model, not a case management program. The ACT team model is composed of 10-12 multi-disciplinary behavioral health care staff who work together to deliver a mix of individualized, recovery-oriented services to persons living with SMI to help them successfully integrate into the community. Team members themselves provide the comprehensive array of services directly rather than through referrals. Caseloads are approximately one staff for every 10 individuals served. Services are provided 24 hours – 7 days a week, as long as needed and wherever they are needed. ACT teams often find they can anticipate and avoid crises.
Amount: A total of $4,746,000 is available to make up to 7 awards that range up to $678,000 per year for up to 5 years.
Eligibility: States, political subdivisions of states (e.g., counties, cities), Indian tribes or tribal organizations, mental health systems, health care facilities, and entities that serve individuals with SMI who experience homelessness or are justice-involved.
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