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:
- 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
- Break the cycle of addiction, change the environment, and overcome barriers to recovery
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.
Information on local resources for intervention, care, and crisis can be found on the Community page under Community Resource Guide
In June 2019, Community Medical Center hosted a full day training in coordination Falls City Police Department and Richardson County Sherriff Department. The training, sponsored by Region V Systems, is designed to promote comprehensive behavioral health threat assessment skills for law enforcement. The training was expanded to include first-responders, paramedics, ambulance squad, emergency personnel, behavioral health professionals, and others who encounter persons experiencing a mental health crisis. Twenty five (25) attendees participated in the training. Topics incorporated signs and symptoms of a person experiencing a mental health crisis, assessing suicide risk, conducting a threat assessment of harm to self or others, threat management strategies, and emergency systems and resources. Presenters included Directors from Region V Systems and Blue Valley Behavioral Health. Keynote speaker, Joseph Wright is a former Police Captain and current Director of Security for Lincoln Public Schools. Wright highlighted tools and strategies to support those with mental health conditions. A guest speaker, Clarence Grendahl, gave an inspiring account of his personal addiction and path to recovery. The Mini-BETA (Behavioral Health Threat Assessment) training is a shortened version of a 5-day BETA course offered by Region V Systems. Asst. Chief Jamie Baker attended the BETA course and pursued bringing the Mini-BETA to Richardson County as part of the Richardson County A.C.T. efforts to support individuals and families struggling with mental health conditions.