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Assertive Community Treatment Implementation Resource Kit


This multicomponent toolkit provides materials to facilitate the implementation of assertive community treatment (ACT) by mental health consumers, families and other supporters, practitioners and clinical supervisors, mental health program leaders, and public mental health authorities. ACT is a team-based approach to delivering comprehensive and flexible treatment, support, and services to help people stay out of the hospital and develop skills for living in the community. ACT offers services that are customized to the individual needs of the consumer, delivered by a team of practitioners, and available 24 hours a day for an unlimited amount of time.

The toolkit includes the following materials:
  • User's guide
  • Information for consumers and for families and other supporters (both also available in Spanish)
  • Information for practitioners and clinical supervisors
  • Information for mental health program leaders
  • Information for public mental health authorities
  • Implementation tips for mental health program leaders
  • Implementation tips for public mental health authorities
  • Statement on cultural competence
  • Fidelity scale
  • General Organizational Index (measures general operating characteristics of an organization hypothesized to be related to its overall capacity to implement and sustain any evidence-based practice)
  • Monitoring client outcomes
  • Workbook for clinical and practical supervisors


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

Funding Sources

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (U.S.)

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  • Release Date: 06/2003
  • Original Summary: 03/2007
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Last updated: September 12, 2012.