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11 Oct 2018 ACT TMACT/FASE Learning Community (ACT NYS Providers only) 10/11/2018 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

When: Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 12:30-1:30PM 

Description (ACT NYS Providers Only)


To register for this event or if you have any questions, please contact Luis Lopez at

16 Oct 2018 ACT: Clinical Care Calls focused on Justice Informed Practice 10/16/2018 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

ACT: Clinical Care Calls focused on Justice Informed Practice

Clinical Care Call for ALL ACT Providers. 

Are you working with ACT Participants who  are also justice involved?  If yes, this call offers an opportunity to talk to other ACT providers across New York State and Drs. Merrill Rotter and David Lowenthal to discuss the unique challenges in proving justice informed treatment. ACT Providers will be invited to present situations with ACT Participants and receive feedback from other ACT providers and the consultants.  

The call will take place on Tuesday, October 16th from 11AM-11:45AM

Please note: Call-in information will be emailed to FACT team members.

17 Oct 2018 ACT - Family Specialist Clinical Care Call 10/17/2018 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
ACT - Family Specialist Clinical Care Call

The ACT - Family Specialist Clinical Care Call is intended for current ACT family specialists, and will be held on the Third Wednesday of the month from 3 PM- 4 PM. This call will provide an open forum for ACT family specialsits to share role-related successes and challenges, and collaboratively ask and answer questions that arise. Helle Thorning, Director of the ACT Institute will facilitate these calls. This call will be held in the Adobe Room, and Family Specialists will receive joining information prior to each call.


18 Oct 2018 2018 ACT Symposium—Together We Can ACT! 10/18/2018 8:00 AM - 10/19/2018 3:00 PM

2018 ACT Symposium—Together We Can ACT!

When: October 18th-19th, 2018
Location: Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa
1195 Arrowhead Rd  Ellenville, NY 12428

Join your colleagues from ACT Teams across the state! Systems are transforming with a focus on integrated care. Together we can share and learn best practices and discuss what this transformation means for ACT teams. This symposium will explore ACT as an evidence-based model; its core practices, operations and structure; ACT team dynamics, and much more.

All ACT providers in NYS, including team members, quality assurance staff, finance departments, and administrators are invited to join us.

The symposium will also provide a platform where teams can exchange ideas and learn from each other.        Workshops will help teams in strengthening their daily practice, including specialist roles. We will also have an opportunity to network while having some fun in the evening. Continuing Education Credits* will be available.

ACT Symposium Goals 

  • Participants will learn about the 8 roles of ACT Teams based on the TMACT fidelity and the Standard of Care.
  • Participants will increase skills in the areas of outreach, engagement, motivation, and transition.
  • Participants will gain deeper understanding of the 3 dimensions of ACT transitioning: engaging  consumers, managing wellness, and integration in the community.
  • Participants will gain information about trauma-informed care practices and multicultural awareness. 


To register for the ACT Symposium 2018:

  1. Please register for one or both (daylong) sessions of the Symposium.  Note that you must complete a daylong session in order to earn Continuing Education Credits* for that day. New staff members must register themselves within the Ce
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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.

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What's New

2018 NYS ACT Symposium—Together We Can ACT- October 18-19, 2018

ACT Institute Upcoming Training - September 2018


Core Principles & Person-Centered Treatment Planning Training

*September 13: ACT CORE, LI

*September 21: ACT CORE, NYC

*September 21: ACT PCTP, CNY

Trainings are from 10AM to 4:30PM. For training site addresses and to register, please click on the dates above. Read more.

Click here to view previous issues of ACT Upcoming events.


ACT News Briefs

ACT Parent Project Training is Expanded Statewide: ACT Participants who are Parents: Strategies for Assessment and Collaboration
The ACT Parent Project training is the cumulation of a year-long research and training development collaboration between the ACT Institute and Columbia School of Social Work, funded by a grant from the New York Community Trust. This training, consisting of three online modules and a day-long, in-person session, was offered in Spring 2018 to ACT providers in NYC and focused on the needs and assets of ACT participants who are also parents. The online modules aimed to build skills in understanding parent’s perspectives and specific challenges and sources of resilience parents experience. The in-person training on May 4th brought together presenters with lived experience and field experts to reinforce the parent’s perspective and provide expertise on pregnancy, family court and ACS; concrete tools were also provided during the training. After receiving positive feedback about the online modules and a successful training on May 4th, the ACT Institute and Columbia School of Social Work are excited to announce the expansion of the Parent Project training to ACT Providers statewide. Read more

The ACT Institute 2nd Annual Peer Learning Community Day of ACT Peer Specialists at the New York State Psychiatric Institute
We had the entire day to share ideas and strategies and trade stories from the field in the service of supporting one another and developing clarity for the ACT Peer role for everyone in the greater Peer community and behavioral health workforce. As a start to the activity-packed day, Helle Thorning, ACT Institute Director and Sascha DuBrul, Recovery Specialist & Trainer welcomed everyone, framing the experience as a mutual learning opportunity for those in the field versus those working in administration and trainingRead more

The ACT Institute and Columbia School of Social Work are excited to Present the Newest ACT Training- ACT Participants who are Parents: Strategies for Assessment and Collaboration

After nearly a year in development, a four-course training series about ACT Participants who are also parents is set to launch this spring. Informed by in-depth interviews with 15 ACT Participants and focus groups with 5 ACT Teams, this training aims to deliver a comprehensive overview for ACT Providers who are working with parents or people who want to become parents. The training highlights the personal stories, strengths and resilience of ACT participants who are parents, while also exploring the opportunities for community support and providing guidelines for interagency collaboration, especially with ACS and housing. Read more. 

The ACT Institute introduces the Spanish translation of ACT: Wellness Self-Management for Transition Personal Workbook
Estamos felices de anunciar que ahora tenemos el Cuaderno Personal para el Autocontrol del Bienestar para la Transición en Español. El Cuaderno Personal para el Autocontrol del Bienestar es un programa para personas que han tenido experiencias con retos emocionales y psicológicos que han dado lugar a dificultades en la vida. Las personas que participan en este programa están buscando mejorar su éxito y satisfacción en áreas importantes de la vida. Read more

Happiest Holidays - Warm wishes from the ACT Institute
As we reflect on 2017, we are thankful to be able to support the work of New York State ACT Teams. We are proud of the work that you do. Read more

The ACT Institute and NYU Silver School of Social Work Receive a NYU Provost Challenge Grant to Investigate the Social Networks and their Impact on Community Integration for ACT Participants
Dr. Helle Thorning and the ACT Institute is collaborating with Dr. Rohini Pahwa from Silver School of Social Work to get a better understanding of transition and community integration of individuals on ACT using social network analysis. Read more

2017 New York State Peer Specialist Meeting
Albany, NY--On the afternoon of July 31st, 2017, Tony Trahan, Deputy Director of the Office of Consumer Affairs, New York State Office of Mental Health (NYS OMH), greeted approximately 60 Peer Specialists--several from ACT teams--from across the state at the New York State Peer Specialist Meeting. 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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