PACT (Program of Assertive Community Treatment)
Programs of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT), is a team treatment approach designed to provide comprehensive, community-based services and support to people with more intensive psychiatric needs. Individuals are accepted into PACT services on the basis of referral. This unified service delivery approach provides long-term, integrated and intensive services aimed at meeting the individual needs of each individual. PACT services are unique in that they are provided by a team and, when possible, in an individual’s natural setting such as their home or employment site. Psychiatric and substance abuse emergency services are available to these individuals 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The PACT program provides to its consumers the following services for comprehensive treatment, rehabilitation and support:
Crisis Intervention – The PACT team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in order to provide individuals with assistance as emergencies arise.
Symptom Management - PACT provides ongoing assessment of the individual’s symptoms and their response to treatment. PACT staff also educates individuals about their diagnosis in order to enhance their understanding and engage them in the recovery process.
Medication - The PACT team includes medical staff available to prescribe and monitor the effect of medications. Nurses on the PACT team provide education about these medications as well.
Substance Abuse Services – Individuals being served by the PACT team may receive services for a substance abuse diagnosis in an individual or group setting.
Daily Living Skills - The PACT Team is available to assist individuals in practicing daily living skills. This includes but is not limited to: personal grooming skills, housekeeping, and meal preparation.
Social, Interpersonal and Leisure-Time Skills – The PACT team provides services in individual and group settings to assist individuals in developing and improving communication and social skills, assertiveness and self esteem.
Family Involvement – The PACT team encourages family involvement with the individual’s consent. Staff can often help you improve or restart relationships with family members as well as provide them with support and education.