Hamilton Center Inc. Relocating Assertive Community Treatment Program (A.C.T.) - February 7, 2005

Hamilton Center Inc. announces new location for the Assertive Community Treatment Program (A.C.T.). 88 Wabash Court is the new home for the A.C.T. program, which is a researched-based, outreach service delivery model for people with severe and persistent mental illnesses. Using a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week team approach, ACT delivers comprehensive community based treatment, rehabilitation, and other support services to consumers in their homes, at work, and in other community settings.

Hamilton Center’s ACT team consists of four case managers, one nurse, a psychologist, a therapist, an employment specialist, a psychiatrist, a substance abuse specialist, and one support staff person. The team currently serves 50 clients with capacity of no more than 120. The program targets persons with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Most of these consumers have had multiple psychiatric hospitalizations and respond well to more intensive services provided in their homes rather than in traditional office based settings.

ACT, now in its 30th year, has been researched in Madison Wisconsin, where it originated, and at other replicated sites across the country. Hamilton Center, Inc. implemented the program in 2002. It is one of only a few community mental health program models with an extensive research base. Findings from ongoing National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) research, comparing ACT clients with persons whose primary treatment site was the hospital, support the program’s success. ACT’s multidisciplinary, consumer focused approach to treatment provides increased opportunities for recovery and improved quality of life for those who manage the symptoms of severe and persistent mental illnesses.

For additional information call Hamilton Center at (812) 231-8200 or (800) 742-0787.

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