Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) or Community Treatment Team (CTT)

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is also called Community Treatment Team (CTT). CCT services help you recover from a mental illness. In CTT, you are part of a “team model.” This means that a team of people give you treatment and help coordinate your care so that you can move toward recovery.

CTT services are for people who may have tried many different services in the past but did not stay in them for long or did not find the services helpful. With CTT, you get all of the services you need through the team, including 24-hour availability for emergencies.

Who is on the Community Treatment Team?

  • Doctor
  • Nurse
  • Co-occurring disorder specialist
  • Mental health therapist
  • Vocational/educational specialist
  • Case manager/service coordinator
  • Peer counselor

The team can meet with you as often as you need. This may happen outside of regular working hours, including weekends and holidays. CTT can provide individual sessions and groups. Remember, the word “community” means that the team can come to you instead of meeting with you in an office.

How to Get CTT Services

Your service provider can give you information about how you can qualify for CTT services. If you qualify, Community Care will get a referral for you and review it. If we approve the referral, we send it to a CTT provider. Then the CTT contacts your current provider to set up a time to meet with you.

You may get any of these services when you start CTT:

  • A psychiatric evaluation/medicine checks
  • An assessment of your strengths, needs, and past services
  • A treatment plan that says what goals you have for yourself and how you will reach them
  • Therapy for mental health and/or substance use
  • Medicine management with the doctor and nurse
  • Peer and community supports
  • Education about managing your illness in the community
  • Help finding housing that you want as your home
  • Help with educational or job goals
  • Crisis or emergency response

Call us if you have any questions about CTT or need help finding treatment.