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The Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT) is a comprehensive service delivery model through which integrated, community-based, treatment, and supports are provided. The interdisciplinary team is available to provide services 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year to service recipients who experience serious and persistent mental illness. The services are “assertive” as the ACTT actively seeks out the service recipient to provide services in his/her natural environment.

Service recipients typically served by the ACTT have one or more the following characteristics: Severe and persistent mental illness; high use of psychiatric hospitalization; co-occurring substance use; history of, or at risk of, involvement with law enforcement; substantial difficulty in meeting basic needs; inability to be effectively served through other therapeutic services offered in the community.

Key tenets of the ACTT include: Services are grounded in recovery; services are provided in service recipients’ natural environments, such as their homes, homeless shelters, etc.; service recipients’ participation in the service is unlimited; services are designed to address multiple needs, such as co-occurring substance use, criminal justice involvement, medical problems, etc.; service delivery is flexible and responsive to service recipient needs; and communication among ACT Team members is critical.

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Behavioral Health Testimonials

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  • "Participating in the beta testing of the new behavioral health standards with ACHC allowed us to evaluate our own program and ensure it provides the highest level of patient care. We were honored to participate."

    Elizabeth (Beth) Gregory, RN,CNS, PhD
    Chronic Care Program Manager, Behavioral Health
    Amedisys Inc.

  • "In developing the Behavioral Health standards, we are utilizing the same philosophies that we ascribed to in developing all of our other service standards: ensuring they are focused on the service recipient and that they are relevant, realistic and written in easily understood language."


    Britt Welch
    ACHC Behavioral Health Clinical Manager

  • "Working with the professionals at ACHC, Inc. on the beta test has been a pure pleasure! Their behavioral health standards are uniquely suited to the modern practice of public mental health and community mental health, and I am excited about our upcoming site visit later this month. Going through these standards in preparation for the site visit has already resulted in improvement." 

    Bill Persinger, Jr., MA
    Executive Director
    Mental Health Center of East Central Kansas
  • "ACHC appeals to us because of the combination of the kinds of accreditation they do.  One provider can get multiple levels of accreditation from one organization."

    David Swann, CEO
    Crossroads Behavioral Health - MCO
  • "There is an expectation that the organizations (ACHC) accredits are teaching people how to manage their own lives, as opposed to maintaining them in the community.  That's an important distinction because, if you look at the programs that are successful in helping people, they believe that people can and will recover."

    Carl Noyes, CDO
    Retrospect Consulting Group

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