The Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT) is a client centred, recovery oriented mental health service delivered by mental health professionals, designed to provide comprehensive, community-based psychiatric treatment, rehabilitation, and support to persons with serious and persistent mental illness that are complex and cause significant functional impairments. ACTT promotes an individual’s right to self-determination, empowerment and choice. The program assists clients to achieve personal goals, improve health and quality of life, and live as independently as possible in the community.
ACTT is a multidisciplinary team which includes Administrative staff, Concurrent Disorders Specialist, Nurses, an Occupational Therapist, Psychiatrists, Social Worker, Social Service Worker, Vocational Specialists and Mental Health Professionals. Interdisciplinary mental health professionals work in partnership with clients living with serious and persistent mental illness.
The team works with clients to develop recovery goals – they help with housing, education, volunteering or employment opportunities, life skills, relationships and community integration. The team works closely with other care providers including family physicians, staff from supportive housing agencies and inpatient teams to facilitate individualized treatment goals. ACTT provides clinical services, ongoing assessment of mental health concerns, treatment, monitoring and promotes medication compliance as required. Services are most often delivered in the persons home or locations within the community that promote comfort and convenience to the individual. Direct client services are available daily, seven days per week and an emergency after hours on-call system is available for active clients.
ACTT services are designed for adults 18 – 65 years of age with long-term psychiatric disabilities. Priority is given to people with long-term mental illness such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder as these illnesses often cause long-term disability, frequent and lengthy psychiatric hospitalizations and disrupt community living and the individuals potential to “recover”. Additionally, persons living with serious mental illness may have coexisting substance abuse disorders, difficulty with basic survival needs, and are unable to participate in traditional, office-based or case-management services as highly integrated and individualized services are required. Person’s living with a serious mental health illness often has complex needs and find it difficult to engage in other mental health services there for an assertive approach to care is required. A Referral Screening Tool is utilized to promote fidelity to the ACTT model and to determine if the person requires services that are more appropriately treated by other specialized services.
Referrals to H.P.E.C. ACTT can be made through:
Central Intake - Crisis Intervention Centre, QHC Belleville General Hospital, Mental Health Services
Phone: 310-OPEN (6736) Fax: 613-961-2528
Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT)
15 Victoria Avenue Belleville, Ontario K8N1Z5
Belleville, ON K8N 3B3
Phone: 613 962-0259 Fax: 613-962-5615 Email: email@example.com