What is Assertive Community Treatment for Youth?
Assertive Community Treatment for Youth is a way to deliver a full range of services to people who have not been successful at the current level of care, are at high risk for legal problems, or out-of-home placement. The goal of Assertive Community Treatment is to provide intensive in-home services including individual and family therapy, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, anger management, crisis intervention, and referrals to community services to reduce the risk for out-of-home placement.
With ACT, consumers get support in the environment of their choice while managing their symptoms, accessing appropriate services and supports, and increasing positive community connections.
The ACT team also works closely with other professionals in our client’s care team. The ACT staff member working with the participant may help review which medications work best for the consumer, what therapies may be a good fit, accessing supports in school, teaching independent living skills and more.
By identifying services that may be beneficial, the ACT team can ensure that people are getting the best possible care and utilizing all the resources available to them. The type of help that can be offered through the ACT program is broad reaching. Program participants can receive therapy, medication management, case management, youth peer support services, employment services, as well as referrals for additional community supports that may be appropriate.
How Does it Work?
Services are provided where they are needed most:
Youth receive ACT services in their homes, schools, or at other settings in the community where problems can occur or support is needed.
The ACT team works with a relatively small group of program participants. This means that each person is given care specifically designed to meet their needs.
Our team will help secure selected services and supports based on the individual needs of the youth until they are no longer needed or they turn 25 years old. At which time, if services are still needed referral will be made to the appropriate provider to continue treatment.
Several ACT team members work regularly with each consumer. Being in regular contact with program participants ensures details aren’t missed and that the youth is always moving forward in their treatment plan.
Our Team Approach:
Psychiatrists, nurses, mental health professionals, case managers, peer support professionals, community support staff, and substance abuse specialists join together to give consumers ongoing individualized care.
We work with program participants to find the best time and place to meet. We work around client’s schedules to ensure they do not miss an appointment and that working with the ACT team is as easy as possible.
Our teams provided an array of services to help meet our client’s needs. It could be as simple as helping them form positive connections to their community or more involved by managing a host of available services that could be of benefit to the client.
We provide services when they are most needed:
ACT services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Someone is always available to handle emergencies. We want to be your partner in helping you achieve your individual goals.
For more information or to see if the ACT program is right for you, complete the information form at the bottom of this page.