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Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

A goal of NAMI is to make high quality ACT teams available to all who need them and to educate others about the effectiveness of this model.  On this page you will find many different documents about ACT -- an effective, evidence-based, outreach-oriented, service delivery model for people with severe and persistent mental illnesses.  NAMI seeks to educate people about ACT, expand and strengthen current ACT programs, and to ensure that the practices and values of ACT support consumer choice and meaningful participation in treatment and services. 

Please note that NAMI does not directly or indirectly operate any Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams or Programs of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) teams. We use the terms Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) interchangeably. ACT programs can be operated on a state, county, or local level by mental health centers, private non-profit or for-profit organizations, outpatient units of hospitals, managed care companies, and other providers.

General Information
Fact Sheet: Assertive Community Treatment: Investment Yields Outcomes
What is the Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT)?
State-by-State Availability of ACT Programs
The Role of ACT Programs in Helping Consumers Find and Keep Employment


National Program Standards for ACT Teams
PACT Model Fidelity Review
Peer Specialist Standard
Guidelines for State or County PACT Initiatives


Personal Stories
The Role of ACT Programs in Helping Consumers Find and Keep Employment
Assertive Community Treatment Promotes Recovery: An Interview with Joe Phillipps
PACT - A Client's Perspective
What About Assertive Community Treatment? An Interview With PACT’s William H. Knoedler, M.D.

Related Links
Links to other ACT and related websites

Implementation Resources
Role of ACT Team Leader - Narrative
Role of ACT Team Leader - Powerpoint
Consultation Services for ACT Teams
PACT Advocacy Guide


News From the Field
PACT Across America: An Advocacy Strategy
How Does ACT Work in a Rural Setting?
Adapting ACT to Serve Teenagers
Surgeon General's Report Supports ACT


En Español
Tratamiento eficaz - ¿Qué es el Tratamiento Asertivo Comunitario (ACT)?
Todos los consumidores que participan en los programas de Tratamiento Asertivo Comunitario tienen que tomar medicamentos?
Una entravista con Joe Phillips
Sabía usted que el Tratamiento Asertivo Comunitario ayuda a los consumidores de salud mental a conseguir vivienda?