Assertive Community Treatment

Assertive Community Treatment

WestBridge provides effective treatment for men
with co-occurring mental illness and substance use.

WestBridge offers outpatient services based on the evidence-based Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model for adult men experiencing severe and persistent mental health and substance use disorders.

Our intensive ACT services are part of our flexible and highly successful Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment approach and are:

  • Designed specifically for adult men experiencing serious and persistent mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders.
  • Modified as needed through an ongoing assessment and treatment planning process.
  • Varied in intensity based on the needs of the participant and his family.
  • Comprehensive, offering complete wrap-around support.
  • Accessible 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Many men enter our ACT program directly after stabilization in a residential treatment program. Direct-to-ACT admissions are also available to those who qualify. Contact Admissions at 1.877.461.7711 to discuss your particular needs.

ACT Team Members assist individuals experiencing co-occurring disorders with:

  • Symptom Management
  • Substance Use & Mental Health Counseling
  • Wellness & Healthy Living Activities
  • Holistic Psychiatric Care
  • Medical Support & Medication Outreach
  • Independent Living Skills – Laundry, Cooking, Home Cleaning, etc.
  • Vocational Counseling & Career Development
  • Housing Maintenance & Stability
  • Financial Management
  • Mutual Support (Self-Help) Group Identification & Accompaniment
  • Family Education & Support
  • Smoking Cessation & Sleep Hygiene
  • Coordination of Services with Other Providers (PCP, Dentists, Specialists, etc.)
  • Relationship Building Skills
  • Supported Employment, Education and Volunteering

Our treatment team offers ongoing side-by-side support to build upon recovery skills. While some services are provided in an office setting, ACT team members work with men the majority of the time in their homes, where they work, and in settings in the communities where problems may occur or support is needed.

Participants Gain Skills to Live, Healthy, Sober and Satisfying Lives

At WestBridge, we recognize the importance of working with adult men and their families to build and sustain skills for successful community living. Family members often carry the burden of providing crisis intervention, support with daily activities, transportation, and other tasks associated with their loved one’s daily routine. Our clinical team works to relieve families of these duties and help them to restore their natural relationships.

While success and recovery are defined by each man and family we work with, some common goals include:

  • The ability to have satisfying relationships
  • Developing/improving independent living skills and maintaining a healthy environment
  • An educational or work experience that feels productive and forward-moving
  • Medication support and outreach with the goal of medication independence
  • Support with community integration

Individual progress is tracked throughout the course of treatment with our Recovery Index. The WestBridge Recovery Index was developed with support from Robert Drake, MD and the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, and is based on assessing the Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment principles. It tracks stages of change, over time, within the following recovery domains: housing, education/employment, friendship, family, mental health, substance use, spirituality, tobacco use, healthy eating, exercise, sleep hygiene, physical health, and personal hygiene. It is completed upon admission, transition and/or quarterly thereafter. View our program outcome reports here.

Our multidisciplinary ACT team provides expertly coordinated care

ACT team members provide the necessary services in a central setting, which provides a high level of communication and coordination of care. Every member of the team is familiar with each participant and his family to assure the timely and continuous provision of services.

The ACT team members are comprised of:

  • Psychiatry
  • Nursing
  • Care Management (experience in social work, mental health counseling, addictions counseling)
  • Vocational Specialist
  • Mentors

Team members work with participants in community settings to practice and improve both their recovery skills and independent living skills, including financial management, relationships, housing, recreation, work, school and health care. Services are provided when and where needed.

The Role of Mentors

WestBridge Participants work with Mentors throughout their treatment. These ACT team members, many of whom have achieved long-term recovery themselves, play an integral role and enhance the clinical care program by developing one-on-one partnerships that focus on the needs of each participant.

WestBridge Mentors provide participants with support during evening hours, and for certain independent living skills and activities.

Some of the ways mentors assist participants include, but are not limited to:

  • Achieving academic and vocational goals through homework and employment support
  • Maintaining a safe home environment through house cleaning and maintenance
  • Developing community connections through social engagement and activities
  • Developing healthy wellness and nutritional habits through side-by-side grocery shopping, cooking and exercise
  • Navigating their environment, including the use of public transportation
  • Transportation to and involvement in mutual support/self-help groups
  • Medication outreach and symptom monitoring
  • Involving the on-call clinician immediately during any crisis and whenever a variance in the planned activities occurs

Mentorship is, by definition, a supportive relationship that develops over the course of time between an experienced person and one who is learning. Their role modeling, fellowship and mentoring nurtures and supports adult men in a way that does not seem like therapy.

Respite care for times when additional support may be beneficial

Respite care provides ACT participants a short-term stay in the WestBridge residential environment.

  • It is available to participants in our ACT program who are experiencing high acuity of mental health symptoms, risk of substance use and/or medical needs requiring additional support and stabilization.
  • The residential setting provides a safe and supportive environment to help reduce hospitalizations, relapse, and the potential negative consequences of remaining in the community.
  • Respite care is individualized to meet each participant’s presenting needs, with the expectation that they agree to observe the policies of the residential program.

Many men and their families have benefitted greatly from this short-term access to our supportive residential environment.


Studies have shown that ACT services are highly effective for people who have frequent episodes of severe symptoms that are either difficult to manage or that never go away, and reduces the number of hospital stays, increasing one’s ability to remain active in their community

Many men enter our ACT program directly after stabilization in a residential treatment program. Direct-to-ACT admissions are also available to those who qualify.

For questions on our ACT program, please call our Admissions Team at 1.877.461.7711 who are expertly trained to answer any questions you may have.

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At WestBridge we work with men and their families from all around the country, and in some cases, the world. Once we have completed our screening process and determined that our services may be well-suited to meet your family’s needs, we have the ability to bring our admissions process to you, wherever you are.