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What is The ACT Institute?

The ACT Institute provides training, support, and consultation to Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) providers across New York State. Our training curriculum is based on national evidence-based practice consortium standards and modifications to these standards as developed by the Office of Mental Health. Training is delivered via in-person and distance-learning modalities. Our trainers include both staff of the Center for Practice Innovations and other expert consultants.

For more information about the ACT Institute, please contact us at
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Howie the Harp Graduate, Kyle Williams, Reflects on Working with the ACT Institute

   

The ACT Institute was deeply privileged to host 2 Howie the Harp Interns from February through April of this year. Kyle Williams & Orlando Nunez brought their skills, perspectives and compassion to their NYSPI internship and the ACT Institute is eternally grateful to them. They were active participants in ACT Institute planning and hosted a series of Peer Specialist Support calls, pulling from their own lived experience, their educational process through Howie the Harp, and all they learned from their time working on the NYSPI inpatient unit.  Read More

     
   

Acknowledging Social Disparities During COVID-19 Pandemic

   

The recent COVID 19 pandemic has sparked many incidents of racism against the Asian community and continued racism against black and brown people via healthcare disparities and law enforcement. Undoing Racism work has many facets and is inclusive of all groups who are oppressed, marginalized and stigmatized base of their race, ethnicity, and gender/gender identity. Read More

     
    Two Queens New York City ACT Team Leaders Talk About Their Experiences in Providing ACT Services During the Beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic
 
    At the New York City Team Leader Meeting on May 18th, 2020, Evelyn Barbosa-Euell, Senior Program Specialist, Health Services Manager, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, asked Anthoy Phillips and Michelle Scantelbury, two ACT Team Leaders, to present how their teams were faring during this unprecedented time. Both teams are located in Queens, New York - one of the hardest hit areas. Read More
     
   

 INSPIRING US ALL – HAPPY NATIONAL NURSES’ WEEK!

   

We celebrate National Nurses’ Week beginning on Wednesday, May 6th through Tuesday, May 12th. 

While the ACT Institute acknowledges and greatly appreciates all the work nurses do day in and day out working with participants in the field, this year requires a special acknowledgment. We want to extent our gratitude for the outstanding work that nurses do for people who need both physical and mental health services. The ACT nurses’ service and perseverance in these unprecedented, challenging times exemplifies the nurses’ dedication to their work and to the people whom they serve. Read More

     
   

A Year in Review: Reflections on NYU MSW Interns Field Placement at ACT Institute Written by Heesu Rachel Chae and Ana Lanas

   

Over the past year, the ACT Institute had the pleasure of hosting two second-year Social Work interns from New York University, Heesu Rachel Chae and Ana Lanas. The MSW interns were assigned different tasks based on their area of interests and self-determined learning objectives, allowing an opportunity for valuable learning and working experience to help them in their future careers as social work advocates and leaders. Heesu and Ana reflected on the experience of working ACT Institute and all the ACT teams in New York State and took the opportunity to thank the ACT Institute staff and leadership for their guidance and support and reflect on their individual experiences as they prepare to graduate and move forward in the field. Read More

     
     COVID-19 Resource News Brief
   
 

Dear ACT Providers,

During this difficult time of the COVID-19 crises, we would like to countinue to offer our support to you and your team. Please contact us at ACTinst@nyspi.columbia.edu with any questions or concerns, and we will do our best to assist you as soon as possible. 

For OMH Guidance Documents for COVID-19, please visit https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/guidance. The Resource Guide below also provides additional resources relevant for ACT Services. Read more.  

   
     
 
 

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