Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

Community-based interventions for adults with serious mental illness

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Service Overview

The Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program is an evidence-based practice model of service delivery that provides comprehensive community-based psychiatric treatment, vocational rehabilitation, peer support services, and an array of clinical interventions to individuals experiencing severe and persistent mental illness.

ACT is the Mental Health Services Division’s comprehensive, interdisciplinary core service team providing intensive community treatment to assist persons to stabilize psychiatrically and remain stable in the community, therefore, decreasing the likelihood of recurrent hospitalizations or incarceration. The team directly provides the majority of needed mental health services including:

  1. Clinical treatment of symptoms and impairments including medication management
  2. Rehabilitation to assist individuals to build on their strengths and improve their abilities to cope with the impact of the illness on daily functioning
  3. Evidence-based practice models of clinical intervention including Cognitive Enhancement Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, WRAP groups, EMDR and AcuDetox
  4. Practical supports to assist individuals in obtaining and sustaining an enhanced quality of life. Staff provide services with an emphasis on outreach, personal engagement, and individualization. Treatment occurs primarily in the community, outside of facility and clinic settings. Services emphasize long-term care and continuity of care to assist the participant to achieve stabilization of symptoms, improved life functioning, and satisfaction with his/her life.

Program Length
as long as needed to ensure psychiatric stability in the community
Contact Info
Available Locations
Eligibility Criteria
  • Primary Diagnosis of Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective or Bipolar Disorder
  • Inability to maintain stability in the community
  • Must reside within the City of Charlottesville
  • Resistance to engagement to traditional office-based models of care due to mental health symptoms
  • A recent (within the past year) history of recurrent hospitalizations or incarcerations that are due to poor management of mental health symptoms


You can find answers to our most frequently asked questions about this service here. If you’ve got a question we haven’t covered, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Expand What kinds of services can I expect with ACT? What kinds of services can I expect with ACT?
  • Between 1-3 community-based contacts with ACT staff per week
  • Individual therapy, in the community or in an office setting
  • Support with activities of daily living skills
  • Case management and community referrals
  • Psychiatric medication management and regular medication delivery if indicated
  • Medical care coordination
  • Crisis intervention line monitored by ACT staff
Expand Can I seek help for a loved one? Can I seek help for a loved one?

We are happy to answer questions for family and others; but, all services are voluntary and individuals need to seek services directly. All services at Region Ten are confidential, and information is only shared when a consumer has signed a release or Advanced Directive for a specific person.


Key resources

CSB Directory
Charlottesville Albemarle Youth Opportunity Center
Region Ten Financial/Billing Resources
9-8-8 Lifeline
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