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. The Horizon’s Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is an alternative to traditional outpatient treatment for adults whose lives are disrupted by persistent mental illness.
ACT is the most intensive community based program and it is specifically designed for people who have experienced difficulty maintaining their recovery. ACT works to lessen or eliminate the debilitating symptoms of mental illness and helps minimize or prevent episodes which may result in hospitalization. This program strives to enhance each individual’s quality of life by providing them with strategies and coping skills that will help them manage the challenges faced when living with a severe mental disorder.
Services are provided using a multidisciplinary team approach in the office and in the community. The treatment team consists of social workers, case managers, nurses and psychiatrists. The team is available 24 hours per day to address crisis situations.