What is an assertive community treatment program?
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is a type of case management program originally developed by Leonard I. Stein, Mary Ann Test, and several of their colleagues from Mendota Mental Health Institute (a state psychiatric hospital) in Madison, WI, to assist mental/behavioral health patients. It can be defined as an intensive, integrated approach to community mental health service delivery. A care provision plan offered as an alternative to residential or hospital care, this model includes heavy involvement from a case manager and a multidisciplinary team of professionals. As a form of Intensive Comprehensive Care, ACT is designed to provide extensive, in-depth aid to people who need to overcome significant physical or mental hurdles in order to become self-sufficient. Some basic characteristics of ACT are as follows.