Community Connections
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

On February 23, 2009 Community Connections began providing Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) services.  ACT is a team treatment approach designed to provide comprehensive, community-based psychiatric treatment, rehabilitation, and support to persons with serious and persistent mental illness such as schizophrenia.  ACT provides highly individualized services directly to consumers. ACT recipients receive the multidisciplinary, round-the-clock staffing of a psychiatric unit, but within the comfort of their own home and community. To have the competencies and skills to meet a client's multiple treatment, rehabilitation, and support needs, ACT team members are trained in the areas of psychiatry, social work, nursing, substance abuse, and vocational rehabilitation. The ACT team provides these necessary services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

ACT's History: The ACT model of care evolved out of the work of Arnold Marx, M.D., Leonard Stein, and Mary Ann Test, Ph.D. in the late 1960s. ACT has been widely implemented in the United States, Canada, and England. The Department of Veterans Affairs has also implemented ACT across the United States.  An evidence based practice, ACT has been extensively researched and evaluated and has proven clinical and cost effectiveness.
ACT Goals
• Provide high quality, intensive, and multi-dimensional services to every CSR who qualifies for ACT services
• Communicate and coordinate with all of our partners
• Provide all services to CSRs with a focus on getting them to be able to be successful with a lower intensity service

For more information please contact David Freeman, Psy.D., Director of ACT Services, at  202-281-2934 or dfreeman@ccdc1.org.

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