—by Paul M. Kubek
Editor's Note: This story first appeared in September 2017. It has been updated to reflect current activities.
The Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University has created new resources and free downloads for its online ACT Team Meeting Tools resource page. Among the new resources is the ACT Team Meeting Tools Booklet, an eight-page PDF that provides an introduction to some popular tools that ACT teams use in daily-team meetings to organize information about their work. The tools are designed to help ACT teams with the following:
- Manage information about each person who receives ACT services
- Stay informed about each client’s recovery goals and experiences in the last 24 hours and the next 24 hours
- Stay informed about each other’s daily contact with clients
- Facilitate and coordinate the daily activities of team members as they collaborate with each other to support the recovery of people enrolled in ACT services
- Provide the best ACT services and clinical interventions possible
ACT is an evidence-based practice that improves outcomes for people with severe mental illness who are most at-risk of psychiatric crisis and hospitalization and involvement in the criminal justice system. ACT is one of the oldest and most widely researched evidence-based practices in behavioral healthcare for people with severe mental illness. Research shows that ACT reduces hospitalization, increases housing stability, and improves quality of life for people with the most severe symptoms of mental illness. ACT may also reduce staff burnout and increase job satisfaction, cost effectiveness, and client satisfaction.
ACT in Ohio
The Center for Evidence-Based Practices has produced the team-meeting tools and booklet with support from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). The resources are a part of the Center's ACT consulting and training services, which are also supported by OhioMHAS. The Center's fidelity-evaluation services are supported by the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM).
Since 1999, the Center has been providing technical-assistance services to behavioral health systems and organizations for the implementation of evidence-based practices that improve outcomes and quality of life for people with severe mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. The Center has been supporting ACT teams and programs since 2013.
Learn more about ACT, the evidence-based practice, and our consulting, training, and evaluation services for ACT from the "practices" section of our website.
ACT | Team Meeting Tools
Visit our ACT Team Meeting Tools resource page to get free downloads of all team-meeting tools, booklet, and mini-poster.