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Peer Specialist Role: Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Teams

  • 9 July 2018
OVERVIEW: Values and Principles of Peer Work
  

The peer specialist is an integral member of the ACT Interprofessional team. The Peer Specialist role in an ACT team is held by someone who is required to have experienced some form of life-interrupting distress, typically involving psychiatric diagnosis and a history of receiving psychiatric services. Peer Specialists seek to help individuals using ACT services to make meaning of their experiences, become aware of their options and ultimately increase their ability to make informed choices. Read More

 

ACT Expands its Role in New York State!

ACT Expands its Role in New York State!

  • 5 February 2018

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is committed to the development of twenty new Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams that will be launched throughout New York State. ACT is an evidence-based model with strong roots in recovery and person-centered approaches. Read more.

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

  • 5 November 2017

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

  • 31 August 2017

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.

The ACT Institute and Columbia School of Social Work Receive a New York Community Trust Grant to Investigate the Needs and Assets of ACT Participants who are Parents or are Pregnant

  • 3 August 2017
The ACT Institute and Columbia School of Social Work Receive a New York Community Trust Grant to Investigate the Needs and Assets of ACT Participants who are Parents or are Pregnant

In collaboration with the Columbia School of Social Work and Dr. Ellen Lukens, Helle Thorning and the ACT Institute received a grant from New York Community Trust to research the needs, risks and assets of ACT participants who are pregnant or parents of children under 18. Read more.

 

NYC’s ACT Institute First Peer Specialist Retreat

  • 3 August 2017
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. 

ACT Institute Person-Centered Treatment Planning Becomes One-Day Event beginning Monday, December 30, 2013

  • 14 October 2015
The ACT Institute's two-day in-person Person-Centered Treatment Planning Training has been redesigned and is now a one day event.  This new, streamlined training complements the online modules that staff must complete before they register for the in-person Person-Centered Treatment Planning training. 

My Internship with the Center for Practice Innovations

  • 8 October 2015
I have been asked to write about my experience as the Howie the Harp peer intern at the Center for Practice Innovations this fall, and I do so with the greatest pleasure. Mine was a fulfilling experience, both on a personal and on a professional level

December 2014: A Visit with the Jacobi ACT Team

  • 8 February 2015
ACT teams fill a great need in the lives of people with significant primary and behavioral health conditions. By going beyond the walls of the office and meeting consumers in their homes and communities, clinicians are able to reach people who might not otherwise receive treatment. 

November 2014: On The Road to Recovery: ACT and beyond

  • 3 November 2014
New York State has 78 Assertive Community Treatment teams that serve close to six thousand of our most vulnerable New Yorkers challenged with significant primary and behavioral health conditions.
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