Implementing Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) in Kansas

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This training series is for all employees working on an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team. Participants will learn foundational skills for their specific role, how to work on a multi-disciplinary team, and how to advance the lives of persons with serious mental illness. 


Target Audience 

Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers (CCBHCs) that are implementing Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) in Kansas. 



Upcoming Sessions: 


Treatment Planning 

September 28, 2022 | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. CT



De-escalation/Crisis Intervention 

October 19, 2022 | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. CT 

Registration link for in-person trainings will be disseminated directly to Kansas CCBHCs.


Benefits Planning 

November 16, 2022 | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. CT




Communities of Practice 

Specialists on Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams will meet monthly with others in similar positions. Members of the community will learn from peers to effectively integrate their unique practices on the multi-disciplinary team. The communities are facilitated by a seasoned ACT specialist. To inquire about participating, contact [email protected] 




Marla Smith, MS, LMHP, LMHC 

Marla Smith has been a Regional Trainer for the Mid-America Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) since November 2020. There, she coordinates behavioral health training with a focus on working with those who have a diagnosis of a serious mental illness. Licensed in both Nebraska and Iowa as a Mental Health Counselor, Marla has spent nearly 17 years working directly with clients of all ages and has learned over the years that it is about connecting with those you serve by meeting them where they are at and communicating in a respectful and trauma-informed manner to help facilitate change.  Marla holds a Master's degree in Youth and Family Services from Bellevue University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks in nature. 


Angela Schindler-Berg, MS, LMHP

Angela Schindler-Berg is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner and has worked with primary care clinics and community-based mental health integrated care services for over 25 years. Angie received her Master of Science with Drake University in Rehabilitation Administration and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling. She brings expertise in integrated care, mental health, care management, crisis intervention and trauma informed care. 

Angie has worked on CMS/CMMI initiatives such as the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC+) and with SAMHSA on the Primary and Behavioral Health Care Initiative (PBHCI). She also sits on the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Nebraska Board and the Primary Care Collaborative (PCC) Behavioral Health Integration Workgroup.

Currently, Ms. Schindler-Berg supports the University of Nebraska Medical Center-Munroe Meyer Institute as a contracted Regional Trainer with the Region 7 Mid-America Mental Health Technical Transfer Center (MHTTC) She facilitates a collaborative network of supports, focusing on resource development and dissemination, training and technical assistance, and workforce development for the mental health field.









Orientation to Assertive Community Treatment


  • The Orientation to Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) provides an overview of the evidence-based practice. We will discuss the principles and practices of an effective ACT team, review the ACT Fidelity Assessment and highlight the feasibility of implementing the model.


Trauma Informed Care 

April 27, 2022 | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. CT 


  • Being trauma informed is an important skill to have when working with those diagnosed with serious mental illness. Trauma-informed care is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives. 


Fidelity Assessment Training

April 29, 2022 | 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT


  • This training, led by Bill Baerentzen, PhD, CRC, LMHP, and Marla Smith, MS, LMHP, LMHC, is a part of the Mid-America Mental Health Technology Transfer Center's series on Implementing Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) in Kansas. 


Motivational Interviewing 

May 25, 2022 | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. CT 


  • Motivational Interviewing is a directive, client centered counseling style to assist clients with facilitating behavior change by empowering the clients and collaborate with them to create an actionable plan. It enhances the client’s motivation to change by helping to explore and resolve ambivalence.


Recovery Oriented Care 

June 22, 2022 | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. CT


  • Recovery-oriented care is guided on the understanding that each person is different and an expert on their own lives. Each client should be supported to make their own choices towards achieving their goals, and they should be listened to with dignity and respect. 


Shared Decision Making 

July 27, 2022 | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. CT


  • Shared Decision Making is a collaborative process that allows the clients and the providers to make healthcare treatment decisions together, considering the client’s strengths, values and preferences, while sharing the best information available in order to make an informed decision.



August 31, 2022 | 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. CT 


  • Assessments are an integral part of the ACT program to consistently be able to meet your clients where they are at. Learn about the different types of assessments you will be conducting such as Brief Psychiatric Readiness Scale (BPRS), Comprehensive Assessment among others. This training has a direct focus on how assessments and their application fit into the ACT model. This specific understanding is crucial to the implementation and operation of a successful ACT Team.