ACT Assertive Community Treatment

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is a community-based and mobile team intervention designed for people with behavioral health challenges and at risk for hospitalization, involvement with the justice system and homelessness. ACT in New York uses the transitional care framework to structure the work of the team:


  1. Engaging & envisioning life goals;

  2. Engaging in wellness self-management; and

  3. Integrating with the community


Needs change as people move through life and as such, a treatment approach that has flexibility and adaptability to the individual need at a given time is necessary. Rehabilitation services, core evidence-based practices and tools are used by the ACT Team to facilitate and support growth towards community integration.



For more information on the History of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), please click here.

Learn more about The ACT Institute

What is The ACT Institute?

The ACT Institute is at the Center for Practice Innovations (CPI) and 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 stand- ards and modifications to these standards as developed by the New York State Office of Mental Health. Training is delivered online (self-paced), via in-person, and distance- learning modalities. Our trainers include both faculty and staff of the ACT Institute and CPI.

For more information about the ACT Institute, please contact us at


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28 Sep 2021 ACT: Substance Use Specialist Clinical Care Call 9/28/2021 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Noah Lipton and Luis Lopez host a monthly call for ACT Substance Use Specialists with special presentations and themes for each month to support Providers.


The Zoom link below is used for the support call each month and provided via the ACTinst Calendar: 


If you are interested in Providing a presentation or suggesting a call theme, please contact Noah Lipton at

1 Oct 2021 ACT Person-Centered Treatment Planning Virtual (NYC Only) 10/1/2021 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Adobe Room

Time: 10 AM - 3:00 PM

The ACT Institute prioritizes the health and safety of those we serve. In order to adhere to recommendation of avoiding in person large gatherings, we will host the next ACT Person-Centered Treatment Planning training online in the Adobe Room.


The ACT Person-Centered Treatment Planning virtual training schedule will go as follows:


  • SESSION 1: 10 AM – 12PM
  • LUNCH BREAK: 12 PM – 1 PM
  • SESSION 2: 1 PM – 3 PM





ACT Promoting Recovery through Mobile, Team-based Approach: Online Course

ACT: Engaging Consumers in Assertive Community Treatment


How to Register: New staff members must register themselves within the Center for Practice Innovation's Learning Community in order to sign up for training. Team Leaders should forward the self-registration link and instructions they received to all staff requiring training. The link you received is unique to your team and will need to be used to register new hires for ACT training. Please keep this information accessible, so you are able to continuously register any new staff. If you are returning, please go to






4 Oct 2021 ACT Team Leader Support Call 10/4/2021 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM



ACT Team Leader Support Call

Pascale Jean-Noel, Director of Training, hosts a Team Leader Support Call the first Monday of each month (exceptions will be announced). This call time provides an open forum for team leaders and/or Administrators to ask questions or raise concerns relevant to the team leader role on ACT. 

Questions and discussions can include: 

  • Team training
  • Community visits
  • Treatment plans
  • Transition
  • Administrative issues
  • Accessing the LMS

The call is held in the Adobe Room. Information distributed from the ACTinst Calendar prior to each call.


14 Oct 2021 ACT Virtual Meet Up 2021: Centering the Expertise of the Lived Experience - Day 1 10/14/2021 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

ACT Virtual Meet Up 2021: Centering the Expertise of the Lived Experience - Day 1​

Time: 11 AM – 3 PM

ACT Virtual Meet Up 2021: Centering the Expertise of the Lived Experience

The integration of Peer Specialists on behavioral health care clinical teams have gained much momentum within the behavioral health workforce. The voices of Peer staff with lived experience provide clinicians, participants, and their natural supports with invaluable knowledge and insight to inform all aspects of care. 

Lived experience is a unique discipline in the behavioral health care field and is now a recognized profession. It has its underlying philosophy and values distinct from other disciplines. Lived experience work is emancipatory, values-based, informed by and springing from a commitment to social justice, emphasizing the lived experience role as the change agent. It is by definition person-centered, viewing people as autonomous agents who, regardless of their particular circumstances or challenges, are the “experts” in terms of what is best for them. Lived experience roles provide a firsthand understanding and approach to surviving and thriving with mental health challenges. 

At the ACT Institute, we advocate for the inclusion of lived experience roles as one of the multiple perspectives guiding all aspects of behavioral health.  

The ACT Institute invites you to the annual ACT Meet Up taking place virtually on Thursday, October 14th and Thursday, October 21st, from 11 AM to 3 PM. Each day a different panel of experts with lived experience will present their work as Peer Specialists in social services, including youth, adult, policy-making, and administrative settings. 

Please be sure to register in advance using the links below:

Click here to register for Thursday, October 14th, 11 AM – 3 PM

Click here to register for Thursday, October 21st, 11 AM – 3 PM



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