Assertive Community Treatment Teams

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is a service model provided by community-based, mobile mental health treatment teams. The ACT team approach is designed to provide comprehensive psychiatric treatment, rehabilitation, and support to persons with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness, or personality disorders with severe functional impairments, to live independently in the community. Persons served by ACT often have co-existing problems such as homelessness, substance abuse, frequent hospitalization, and/or involvement with the judicial system.

Clients typically served by ACT teams often have needs that have not been effectively addressed by traditional, less intensive services. Team members work with clients in their homes, work setting, or places in the community where additional support might be needed.

MHR ACT teams follow the Minnesota Department of Human Services' expectations for fidelity standards regarding composition, enrollment, service population, and therapeutic services provided, including many evidence based practices such as Integrated Dual-Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT), Supported Employment, and Illness Management and Recovery (IM&R).

Our Ramsey, Hennepin and Dakota Counties ACT teams have been in operation since 2005 when Minnesota transitioned intensive teams to ACT teams. In 2014, MHR's three ACT teams served 287 clients.


Katherine’s Story

Katherine has been working with the Hennepin Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team since 2006. She came to the HACT team after enduring multiple hospitalizations, surviving significant trauma, and engaging in self-injurious coping skills. For several years, Katherine’s mental health symptoms made it difficult to achieve more than short periods of stabilization. During this time, her housing situation was precarious, which resulted in frequent address changes.

Assertive Community Treatment is an array of services provided by community-based, mobile mental health treatment teams.  The ACT team approach is designed to provide comprehensive, community-based psychiatric treatment, rehabilitation, and support to persons with serious and persistent mental illness who live in the community.
Individuals typically served by ACT teams are those with serious and persistent mental illness or personality disorders, with severe functional impairments, who have avoided or not responded well to traditional outpatient mental health care and psychiatric rehabilitation services. Persons served by ACT often have co-existing problems such as homelessness, substance abuse problems, or involvement with the judicial system.