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National ACT Virtual Meetings to Address Impact of COVID-19

12:00pm - July 12, 2021 thru 1:30pm - July 12, 2021 | Timezone: US/Pacific
Collaborating TTC: Northwest MHTTC
Registration Deadline: July 12, 2021
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Join us for this 90-minute meeting for ACT Teams, hosted and facilitated by the Northwest MHTTC and the Institute for Best Practices at the University of North Carolina. This month's topic is "Leveraging the ACT Multidisciplinary Team Approach: Working Smarter, Not Harder within the Daily Team Meeting." The pandemic forced most ACT teams to pivot to virtual daily team meetings with most or all of their team, and in some cases, meeting less frequently or taking short cuts. Learn from two former ACT team leaders who now train and support ACT teams, the value and functions of the daily team meeting to support the work of the multidisciplinary team and facilitate a more team-based approach to service provision.


Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is a multidisciplinary, team-based model that provides intensive community-based and outreach-oriented services to people who experience the most severe and persistent mental illness. The vast majority also have a co-occurring substance use disorder and many experience comorbid medical illnesses as well as homelessness. This is a vulnerable population and their providers – ACT teams – are at elevated risk themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Northwest MHTTC is partnering with the Institute for Best Practices at the University of North Carolina to host and facilitate regular meetings for ACT teams. 

Goals of the meetings are to:

  • connect with one another
  • share strategies and resources for adapting team practices and communications   
  • facilitate connection to the most up-to-date resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information or questions, contact:

Maria Monroe-DeVita, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine and Director of the Washington State Center of Excellence in First Episode Psychosis; or Lorna Moser, PhD, Director of the UNC ACT Technical Assistance Center in the UNC Department of Psychiatry’s Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health; and Coordinator of the North Carolina ACT Coalition.



Lynette M. Studer, PhD, MSW, LCSW

Dr. Lynette StuderLynette M. Studer is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work. She teaches MSW students in a mental health field unit as well as classes on Mental Health Policies & Services and Advanced Practice Skills in Mental Health. Prior to joining the UW-Madison faculty, she held a position as both an Agency Policy Specialist and State Administrator with the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services, Chemical and Mental Health Administration overseeing and improving policy and the provision of technical assistance for the state’s 32 Assertive Community Treatment teams who serve individuals with serious mental illness. Dr. Studer holds clinical social work licenses in both Wisconsin and Minnesota and has been a practicing clinical social worker for over 20 years.



Tracy Hinz, MSW, LICSW

Headshot of Tracy HinzTracy Hinz is the Director of Rehabilitative Services, Central Minnesota Mental Health Center.