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5 Jun 2017 ACT Team Leader Support Call 6/5/2017 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, June 5th, 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:

  • 7/3
  • 8/7
  • 9/4
  • 10/2
6 Jun 2017 Staying “Peer” Together: Developing an Intentional Learning Community of ACT Team Peer Specialists 6/6/2017 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Staying “Peer” Together: Developing an Intentional Learning Community of ACT Team Peer Specialists (ACT NYS Peer Specialists only)

When: Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 from 11:00AM to 4:00PM

The ACT Institute is excited to welcome all NYC ACT Peer Specialists to our first ACT Peer Specialist Learning Community.

The goals for this meeting are:

1.  To understand the challenges and opportunities for Peer Specialists working on ACT teams.

2. To establish a network and community of Peer Specialists on ACT teams.

3. To develop a clear a Scope of Practice for Peer Specialists on ACT Teams. 

Working as a Peer Specialist on an ACT Team has a particular set of benefits and challenges. As the voice with personal experience on a clinical team, you have the ability to engage ACT participants in a way no one else can. At the same time there are unique challenges to integrating the peer perspective on a multidisciplinary team.

Come, share your voice and perspective, network with other peer specialists, meet Peer Leaders in the field and share skills and tips on working with ACT participants and your fellow team members.  This gathering will be a mix of workshops and discussion, and provide a space to build an intentional community.

How to register? To register, please click

13 Jun 2017 ACT Transitional Care Practices: Tools for Clinical Practices 6/13/2017 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
ACT Transitional Care Practices: Tools for Clinical Practices (ACT Team members only)

When: Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 from 11:30AM to 12:30PM


This webinar provides an overview of transition tools for ACT consumers and discusses clinical challenges and opportunities of working on transition from a person-centered perspective.


Course Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about the transitional care practice framework
  • Participants will identify clinical challenges and opportunities in helping consumers transitioning from ACT to less intensive services
  •  Participants will learn about resources/tools available to begin the transition process with consumers and their families
  •  Participants will identify tools to enhance ongoing staff development around issues of transitional care practices

How to register? To register, please click here.

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

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.

What's New

ACT Institute Upcoming Training - March 2017

ACT Core/Treatment Planning Trainings:

Please note 2016-2017 training dates have been posted to our website.

  • 3/03/17. LI Field Office, Brentwood – 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM – Tx Planning
  • 3/17/17. NYC Field Office, NY—10:00 AM-4:00 PM– Tx Planning

To learn more and to register, click here.

Click here to view previous issues of ACT Upcoming events.

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


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