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Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT)

Program Overview

PACT is a research based recovery oriented treatment model that targets individuals who have minimally benefited from traditional outpatient programs. Services are provided by a self contained outreach driven multidisciplinary treatment team.  Consumers are served by the team vs. individually assigned clinicians so as to benefit from the expertise of all team members.

Population Served

PACT services are provided to high need, at risk, individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.  Individuals served are typically those with histories of extensive psychiatric hospitalization, homelessness, chemical abuse, incarceration, and failed community placements.  These individuals have significant functional impairments and experience difficulty in obtaining and maintaining housing, and in completing daily living tasks.

Service Provided

  1. Person –centered, recovery –oriented services with a minimum of 1 FTE staff for every 8 consumers.
  2. Comprehensive assessment across multiple life domains.
  3. Individually tailored treatment planning that includes relevant persons to the individual’s recovery and natural supports.
  4. Treatment from a multidisciplinary team that includes a team leader,  a psychiatric prescriber, mental health professionals, registered nurses, a peer specialist, a vocational specialist, and a chemical dependency specialist.
  5. Outreach from all members of the team to community locations relevant to the recovery of each persons served. 75% of services are provided in the community vs. the treatment team office.
  6. Hours of program operation include evening and weekend hours and 24/7 crisis intervention by team members.

Expected Outcomes

The PACT program assists individuals to achieve their individually determined recovery goals.  Services are provided on an ongoing basis vs. a time limited basis so as to assist consumers with episodes of decompensation. This approach is expected to maximize consumer skill acquisition and community integration.  Persons served are considered ready for discharge to lesser levels of care when they reach their individually determined discharge goals, and when they demonstrate an extended ability to function across major life domains without significant relapse as services are withdrawn.