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28 Jul 2017 ACT: SUS Screening and Assessment 7/28/2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

When: Friday, July 28, 2017 from 10-11AM 

Description (ACT Substance Use Specialists Only):

This yearlong training seeks to enhance and strengthen substance use specialists (SUS) in the implementation of dual recovery treatment on ACT teams. Training is targeted to SUS new to the ACT model as well as those who currently are working on an ACT team. The training uses a blended learning curriculum consisting of face-to-face and online meetings geared toward skill building, problem solving and collaboration. Upon completion of the training SUS/IDDT Specialists will be able to earn Social Work, CASAC, or LMHC continuing education credits. 

Learning Objectives are:

  • SUS will be able to describe their role on the ACT Team.
  • SUS will understand and apply harm reduction principles.
  • SUS will demonstrate how to screen and assess for dual diagnosis/co-occurring challenges.
  • SUS will identify and interpret a consumer's stage of change and provide appropriate stage-based treatment.
  • SUS will demonstrate basic Motivational Interviewing skills.


To register for the yearlong ACT: Substance Use Specialist Training curriculum, click here.

7 Aug 2017 ACT Team Leader Support Call 8/7/2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
ACT Team Leader Support Call

Pascale Jean-Noel, Director of Training, will host a Team Leader Support Call which will be held on the first Monday of each month. The first one will take place on Monday, August 7th, from 12pm-1pm. This call time will be an open forum for team leaders and/ or Program Assistants to ask questions or raise concerns relevant to the team leader role on ACT. 

Questions and discussions can include: 

  • Team training
  • Community visits
  • Treatment plans
  • Transition
  • Administrative issues
  • Accessing the LMS

Future calls will take place on the following dates in 2017:

  • 9/4
  • 10/2
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The ACT Institute provides training, support, and consultation to Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) providers across New York State.  Our training curriculum is based on national evidence-based practice consortium standards and modifications to these standards as developed by the Office of Mental Health. Training is delivered via in-person and distance-learning modalities. Our trainers include both staff of the Center for Practice Innovations and other expert consultants.

We are now a provider of Continuing Education Credits. Learn more

What's New

ACT Institute Upcoming Training - July 2017

ACT Core/Treatment Planning Trainings:

You can also find 2017 training dates on our website.

  • 7/13/17. Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla‐10:00AM‐4:00PM‐Core Principles
  • 7/14/17. Buffalo Psychiatric Center, Buffalo ‐10:00AM‐4:00PM‐ Tx Planning
  • 7/21/17. NYC Field Office, New York, NY ‐10:00AM‐4:00PM‐ Tx Planning

To learn more and to register, click here.

Click here to view previous issues of ACT Upcoming events.

ACT News Briefs

ACT is One Step on the Continuity of Care Towards Recovery
CPI's ACT Institute Works With NYS OMH and ACT Teams to Help People Transition to Less Intensive Services and Community Integration

Did you know that:

* ACT was originally envisioned as an intensive and mobile intervention in the community supporting the transition from hospital to community
* ACT was viewed as a hospital without walls that focused on community stabilization and without a specified length of treatment
* In fact, the initial view was that consumers would require ACT services forever. Read more 

NYC’s ACT Institute Facilitates Important Discussions at the Oregon Center of Excellence for ACT Annual Conference
Luis Lopez, Coordinator of Fidelity and Best Practices of the ACT Institute at the Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia Psychiatry, was one of the keynote speakers at the Annual Oregon Center of Excellence for Assertive Community Treatment (OCEACT) Conference, June 12-13, 2017. Read more

NYC’s ACT Institute First Peer Specialist Retreat
The ACT Institute’s first retreat created specifically for those working in the Peer Specialist role was held on Tuesday, June 6 in the Board Room of the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Read more.

ACT Talk

Dr. Lewis-Fernandez

Podcast on 5/26/2015

Mr.Louis Vavrina will talk about Navigating Recovery's Rocky Road. Mr. Vavrina is a recent Howie the Harp graduate who, as part of that training, did an internship at the Center for Practice Innovations.

The ACT Institute will host monthly ACT TALK.  In a radio interview style, the director of the ACT Institute, Helle Thorning, will engage invited guests in a dialog of emerging issues related to ACT in today's health care environment.  Listeners are invited to participate and we look forward to stimulating and informative conversations during this critical time in health care.

Click here to listen to previous sessions of ACT Talk.


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