National ACT Virtual Meetings & Discussion Forum to Address Impact of COVID-19

What is ACT?

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.


Virtual Meetings

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 and ACT stakeholders. Meetings are currently scheduled through June 15 and may be offered beyond that date, pending further consideration.

Goals of the meetings are to:

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


Upcoming

Monday, June 1, 12:00-1:30 pm Pacific/3:00-4:30 pm Eastern: Antoine Bailliard, PhD OTR/L - Applying an Occupational Therapy Framework in Supporting Individuals in Following CDC COVID-19 Guidelines. Register here.

Monday, June 15, 12:00-1:30 pm Pacific/3:00-4:30 pm Eastern: TBA. Register here.

Recent Topics

Monday, May 11:  Jennifer Gottlieb, PhD - Quick CBT Skills During COVID-19:  Problem-Solving

Monday, May 18:  Jennifer Gottlieb, PhD - Quick CBT Skills During COVID-19:  Activity Scheduling

Meeting recordings are available at the Virtual Forum; please scroll down for more details.


ACT Stakeholders Monthly Meetings

We are hosting a monthly meet-up for non-provider ACT stakeholders who assume a role of overseeing ACT from a mental health authority perspective, funding ACT, providing ACT training and technical supports, which includes leading ACT fidelity reviews. The intent is to create a unique space to share challenges and solutions related ACT operations and services during the COVID-19 pandemic. This meet-up is hosted by Lorna Moser, PhD, of the Institute for Best Practices, UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health and Maria Monroe-DeVita, PhD of the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC), the sponsor for these ACT meet-up events.


Virtual Discussion Forum

In addition to the meetings, we have also created a Virtual Discussion Forum to help organize information, resources, and strategies used across teams as well as share recordings of past meetings. You can participate in the forum as a guest, or sign up as a member. Within the Discussion Forum are specific board topics:

  • Support for ACT Service Recipients;
  • Support for ACT Team Staff;
  • Info and Updates: Federal Sources;
  • Info and Updates: State and Local Sources; ACT Fidelity and COVID-19 Pandemic; and Words of Encouragement.
  • Click on a board of interest to read existing threads, react to threads, or post new threads.
  • You can also view recordings of prior meetings at this forum.
     

For more information or questions, contact:
headshot of Dr. Maria Monroe-Devita


Maria Monroe-Devita, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine; Co-Director of the Northwest MHTTC; and Director, Washington State Center of Excellence in First Episode Psychosis.

Headshot of Dr. Lorna Moser

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.