The Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team will provide individualized services to adults diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness that impairs their functioning in the community. It is designed for adults diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness who have a history of a lack of engagement in, or inability to benefit from, traditional outpatient services.
Services may include:
Comprehensive assessment, intensive treatment, medication management, housing supports, service planning & coordination, wellness management, skill around tasks of daily living, substance abuse treatment, vocational skills training, self-advocacy, and family counseling.
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is:
- the highest level of care outside an in-patient setting
- a multi-disciplinary team providing individualized services in the community or home.
- 24/7 care and continuity of care that can be open-ended and lifelong.
- treatment that is holistic, integrated, with low client to staff ratio
- outreach that is assertive and available 24 hours a day.
- designed for people who have not had success in other treatment models.
- persists in the face of failure.
Who qualifies for the services the ACT Team will provide?
The ACT Team:
Is county based. The ACT Team based at Unity House is for adult residents of Rensselaer County or southern Saratoga County. For other counties, please check with your county department of health.
Will give priority to adults with schizophrenia, other psychotic disorders (e.g., schizoaffective disorder), bipolar disorder, or major/chronic depression.
Is for adults living with severe and persistent mental illness that seriously impairs functioning in the community. Or, two hospitalizations within 12 months or 60 days.
May be court-ordered pursuant to Mental Hygiene Law (MHL) §9.60 to participate in AOT
Other criteria may apply
No person shall be excluded from receiving ACT services based on race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, HIV status.
How will a referral be made to the ACT Team?
All referrals to the ACT team must be forwarded to and reviewed by the County SPOA Coordinator who will get them to the ACT Team to process.
Where will the services of the ACT Team be delivered?
Based at Unity House in Troy, the ACT Team will provide services in the home and community. Services will around the clock.