What Is Assertive Community Treatment?

Co-occurring Disorders Treatment

When a person with a severe mental illness does not respond to traditional outpatient therapy, other approaches may be necessary in order to provide the best care. There are a variety of treatment options available to Dual Diagnosis patients but sometimes an individual needs all-around care that focuses on more than the illness and addiction.

Assertive community treatment (ACT) does just that but takes therapy a step farther than integrated treatment. Combining the interdisciplinary fields that deal with mental illness and substance abuse, ACT helps a person outside the hospital or rehabilitation center. This approach can be ideal for those with severe mental illness and addiction, or for those who have not typically responded well to outpatient therapy.