MAINTAINING FIDELITY TO ASSERTIVE COMMUNITY TREATMENT (ACT): CURRENT ISSUES AND INNOVATIONS IN IMPLEMENTATION (5 HOURS)

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Abstract
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is an evidence-based service delivery model that provides time-unlimited, community-based services for individuals with serious mental illness who are at particular risk for hospitalization, homelessness, criminal justice system involvement, and psychiatric crises. In 2008, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA) published the ACT Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) KIT (Knowledge Informing Transformation), a toolkit intended to help mental health agencies and teams implement ACT.
Both the toolkit and fidelity tools have received widespread use throughout the United States; however, concerns remain regarding the appropriateness of ACT application and fidelity to the model, both of which potentially dampen achievement of desired outcomes.
This follow-up and companion product reviews the principles of ACT; summarizes contemporary issues impacting ACT teams; and critically examines aspects of ACT implementation and outcomes when teams extend the model to specific target populations and settings. The goal of this guide is to ensure continued efficacy of ACT by reaffirming its fundamentals and promoting awareness of new developments that may be relevant to consider in implementation of the model