Assertive Community Treatment Team

Community-based treatment and medical care.

Thrive's Assertive Community Treatment Teams are multidisciplinary teams of behavioral health experts who ensure clients receive the tools they need to thrive. Activities are designed to help clients live stable lives out in the community and gain the skills they require to move toward greater independence. This is achieved through:

Case Management Services – Each client is assigned a case manager who coordinates and monitors the activities of the client’s treatment team. The primary responsibility of the case manager is to work with clients to develop treatment plans, advocate for their needs, rights and preferences and provide linkages to resources in a variety of life domains, including physical health and wellness, housing, money management, legal, emotional, social, vocational and spiritual.

Crisis Assessment & Intervention – Crisis assessment and intervention is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. These services include telephone and face-to-face contact and are provided in coordination with the Center’s emergency services program.

Symptom Assessment & Management – There is an ongoing comprehensive assessment of the client’s behavioral health symptoms, diagnosis, and response to treatment. Individual and family psycho-education is provided regarding mental illness, the effects and side effects of prescribed medications, and coping skills to alleviate the overall impact of symptoms, both on a planned and as-needed basis.

Medication Administration & Monitoring – ACT team psychiatrists prescribe psychotropic medications and provide education about medication effects, benefits, side effects and risks. There is routine assessment of symptoms and behaviors in response to medication. Team members monitor and document medication side effects and provide supportive services, in collaboration with team RN’s and psychiatry staff.

Dual Diagnosis Substance Use Disorder Services – Addiction treatment professionals provide a stage-based treatment model that is non-confrontational, client driven and considers the interactions of mental illness and substance use..

Work-Related Services – Employment specialist conducts vocational assessments, and provides job development and vocational support/ skill development services to help clients value, find, and maintain meaningful employment in community-based job sites.

Activities of Daily Living/ADL’s – Services to support activities of daily living in community-based settings include individualized assessment, problem solving, sufficient side-by-side assistance and support, skill training, and ongoing supervision.

Social/Interpersonal and Leisure Activities – Services to support social/interpersonal relationships and leisure-time skill training. Clients learn to develop social skills, increase social experiences, and develop meaningful personal relationships as well as plan appropriate and productive use of leisure time.

Peer Support Services – Services that validate clients’ experiences and guide and encourage clients to take responsibility for and actively participate in their own recovery. In addition, services to help clients identify, understand, and combat stigma and discrimination against mental illness and develop strategies to reduce clients’ self-imposed stigma. These services are provided by certified individuals who have experienced mental illness and/or substance use disorder and are in recovery.

Support Services – Support services or direct assistance to ensure that clients obtain the basic necessities of daily life, such as:

  • Medical and dental services
  • Safe, clean, affordable housing
  • Benefits counseling, Section 8
  • Transportation
  • Legal advocacy and representation

Education, Support, and Consultation to Clients’ Families and Other Major Supports – Psycho-education on mental illness and the role of the family and significant others in the therapeutic process, including interventions to restore contact, resolve conflict, and maintain relationships with family/ significant others.