Assertive Community Treatment

Assertive Community Treatment

Our outpatient services located in Manchester, NH and Brooksville, FL are based on the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model, an evidence-based practice:

  • Designed specifically for people with serious and persistent mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders.
  • Part of our outpatient continuum of care.
  • Services are comprehensive and highly individualized.
  • Modified as needed through an ongoing assessment and treatment planning process.
  • Services vary in intensity based on the needs of the participant and his family.

Many men who begin in our residential treatment transition into our Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) outpatient model.

At WestBridge, we recognize the importance of working with adult men and their families to build and sustain skills for successful community living.  While success and recovery are defined by each man and family we work with, some common goals include:

  • The ability to have satisfying relationships
  • A healthy environment
  • An educational or work experience that feels productive and forward-moving

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

Using ACT as part of our highly successful Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) approach, WestBridge helps participants gain the skills they need to live healthy, sober and satisfying lives. Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) uses a multidisciplinary team approach to meet the individual needs of adult men diagnosed with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

The ACT team is the single point of clinical responsibility accountable for assisting each participant to achieve his goals for recovery.

Our multidisciplinary ACT team is comprised of:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Nurses
  • Care Managers (experienced in social work, mental health counseling, substance use counseling)
  • Vocational Specialists
  • Nutrition and Wellness Specialists
  • Mentors

Every member of the team is familiar with each participant and his family to assure the timely and continuous provision of services.

ACT services offer a flexible “safety net” to enable different levels of care, continuity of caregivers over time, and are accessible 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

While some services are provided in an office setting, ACT team members work with men both in their homes and in the community on an ongoing basis. Services are comprehensive, highly individualized, and are modified as needed through an ongoing assessment and treatment planning process. Services vary in intensity based on the needs of the participant and his family.

Key Features of WestBridge’s Assertive Community Treatment Approach Include:

  • A multidisciplinary team of practitioners that works with each man, so each participant receives a continuum of personalized services from the same group of people.
  • Teams work with participants in community settings to practice and improve both their recovery skills and activities of daily living, including financial management, relationships, housing, recreation, work, school and health care.
  • Services when and where needed. ACT team members are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Care Managers provide the necessary services in a central setting, which provides a high level of communication and coordination of care.

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. Studies also show that ACT services reduce the number of hospital stays and increase one’s ability to remain active in their community.

What Our Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Provides:

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.

ACT Team Members provide assistance to WestBridge participants in the following ways:

  • Activities of Daily Living – Laundry, Cooking, Home Cleaning, etc.
  • Physical Health & Wellness Activities
  • Medical Care & Medication Support
  • Vocational Counseling & Career Development
  • Housing Maintenance & Stability
  • Financial Management
  • Substance Use & Mental Health Counseling
  • Mutual Support Group Identification & Accompaniment
  • Family Education & Support
  • Symptom Management
  • Recreation & Leisure Activities
  • Coordination of Services with Other Providers (PCP, Dentists, Hospital Visits)
  • College Support

Many of the services provided by the ACT team are provided in the community. That means that services are provided in an individual’s homes, where they work, and in other settings in the communities where problems may occur or support is needed.

WestBridge Mentors

In addition to working with a team of Care Managers, WestBridge Participants work with Mentors. These team members, many of whom have achieved long-term recovery themselves, play an integral and enhanced role in the clinical care program by developing one-on-one partnerships that focus on the needs of each participant.

Mentorship is, by definition, a supportive relationship that develops over the course of time between an experienced person and one who is learning. At WestBridge, Mentors play an integral and enhanced role in the clinical care program by developing one-on-one partnerships that focus on the needs of each man.

Mentors are utilized to augment our Assertive Community Treatment teams by providing support, role modeling and fellowship. Mentoring is a way to nurture and support adult men in a way that does not seem like therapy.

At WestBridge, Mentors provide participants with support during evening hours, and for certain daily living activities including:

  • Self-help Meetings
  • Grocery Shopping & Cooking
  • Entertainment (movies, dining out, bowling, etc.)
  • School & Homework
  • Medication Supervision
  • Hygiene
  • House Cleaning & Maintenance
  • Exercise
  • Employment Support
  • Symptom Monitoring

The goals of WestBridge’s Mentor Program are for mentors to assist men in:

  • Achieving academic and vocational goals.
  • Maintaining a safe home environment.
  • Developing community connections.
  • Involvement in self-help groups.
  • Developing healthy nutritional habits.
  • Navigating their environment and using public transportation.
  • Administering medication, as prescribed by the WestBridge Medical Team.
  • Involving the on-call clinician immediately during any crisis and whenever a variance in the planned activities occurs.
WestBridge excels in the effective
treatment of men with co-occurring mental illness
and substance use disorders.

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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.