Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) was first developed during the early 1970s as large numbers of patients were being discharged from state-operated psychiatric hospitals to a poorly integrated community service system. ACT entails the provision of services delivered by an integrated service team that includes entities such as community-based service centers, mobile assessment and treatment providers, and multi-disciplinary outreach teams. The evidence demonstrating the utility of the ACT model is clear and convincing.

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