Assertive Community Treatment at WVU’s Chestnut Ridge Center delivers a full range of services to people who have been diagnosed with a severe and recurrent mental illness.
ACT’s goal is to give participants sufficient community care and support to help them have a life that is not dominated by their mental illness. To be admitted to the ACT program, the person must be a Medicaid recipient.
For inpatient psychiatric treatment, a person needs to have experienced one of the following:
- Three or more hospitalizations in a psychiatric inpatient unit or psychiatric hospital in the past 12 months OR
- Five or more hospitalizations in a psychiatric inpatient unit, psychiatric hospital, or crisis stabilization program in the past 24 months OR
- 180 days total length of a stay in a psychiatric inpatient unit or psychiatric hospital within the past 12 months
ACT services may be used for other people who show medical necessity, such as:
- people who are homeless and who have a severe and persistent mental illness
- people with a mental illness who have frequent contact with law enforcement or the criminal justice system
- people with concurrent mental illness and chemical addiction who require consistent monitoring
How does ACT help?
- We develop a treatment plan that reflects personal needs and goals.
- We help the individual remain in the community of his/her choice.
- We provide professional psychiatric evaluation and counseling.
- We help with housing, healthcare, and other basic needs.
- We work to improve overall quality of life by providing support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
How does ACT work?
ACT uses a team approach.
Services are provided where they are needed.
We provide personalized care.
We give unlimited support . . .
and continuous, flexible care.
ACT services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Someone is always available to handle emergencies.