Richardson County Assertive Community Treatment (A.C.T.) is a collaboration among various community partners to help persons with mental health and substance use conditions live as independent contributing members of our community.
Community Medical Center and Blue Valley Behavioral Health have sponsored the creation of the A.C.T. Advisory committee to develop an integrated community behavioral health strategy. The A.C.T. model is adapted from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). According to NAMI, the Assertive Community Treatment Program (A.C.T.) aims to accomplish the following:
- Break the cycle, change the environment, overcome barriers
- Provide locally based treatment to people with serious and persistent mental illnesses
- Assist individuals who exhibit symptoms and impairments that produce distress and major disability in adult functioning (employment, self-care, and social and interpersonal relationships)
- Assist those who are not helped by traditional outpatient models; those who have difficulty getting to appointments on their own; those who have had bad experiences in the traditional system; or those who have limited understanding of their need for help
Richardson County A.C.T. program aims to provide community level, as well as individual level, strategies that address three major pillars: 1) Prevention, 2)Treatment, and 3) Recovery.