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Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is an evidence-based practice designed to provide comprehensive treatment and support services. ACT aims to provide intensive, highly integrated, community-based services that are provided by a multidisciplinary team of professionals. ACT services are intended for individuals who have a Serious Mental Illness and who often have a co-occurring diagnosis of substance use disorder that impair their capacity to live in the community. These are individuals who do not typically come into a clinic setting for traditional treatment. ACT services are designed to be provided in the most integrated settings as possible to maximize independence and community integration. The ACT Team takes treatment services to homes, shelters, sidewalks, etc.

Goals

  • Provide services and supports that lessen or eliminate the debilitating symptoms of mental illness and minimize or prevent acute episodes of the illness.
  • Assist clients in meeting their basic needs and enhancing their quality of life.
  • Promote recovery principles of dignity, hope, and well-being.
  • Work through a trauma informed and harm reduction lens.
  • Teach community living skills and help clients reach a variety of personal goals, such as employment, education, and having fulfilling social relationships.
  • Foster community integration and encourage use of natural supports.
  • Provide education and support to families and other natural supports.
  • Help clients to establish economic self-sufficiency and housing stability.
  • Decrease emergency room visits and hospitalizations related to mental health.
  • Reduce involvement with the criminal justice system.

Services

ACT employs professionals across may specialties, which allows us to provide almost all treatment services which includes:

  • Case management
  • Counseling/Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatric services
  • Medication support
  • Crisis services 24/7 (ACT crisis consult line)
  • Groups
  • Substance use disorder recovery support
  • Employment/Education support
  • Housing support
  • Skills training related to recovery from mental illness and substance use disorders
  • Support to families and other natural supports

Key Components

ACT clients are seen an average of 4 times a week.

About 80% or more of our services are provided in the community, allowing us to meet people where they are in a more natural setting.

Work and education are keys to achieving personal goals, financial self-sufficiency, and improved quality of life. The ACT team supports all our clients who choose to pursue education and employment by directly providing Supported Employment Services.

ACT services are provided for as long as an individual wants and needs intensive treatment. ACT teams use a transition readiness assessment tool to help clients determine when they may be ready to step-down to a lower level of services. Transitions are gradual with assured continuity of care.

Benton County ACT also uses the Benton County Complex Care Team for medical Primary Care.

Referrals Process 

Please call (541) 766-6835 for more information.


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Behavioral Health Support Services

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Adult Behavioral Health

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Substance Use Disorder Treatment

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High Complexity Care Team

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Crisis Services

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Behavioral Health in Primary Care

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