Programs

Michelle Salyers presenting on ACT in Israel

The ACT Center supports intervention programs that are based on the best available research. We have helped organizations learn about, implement, and/or study some of the programs below.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) is a format for organizing wellness tools into action plans that would help you to get well, stay well, and choose in advance how you will respond to challenges you face in life. Wellness tools are those things that work for you to take good care of yourself and things you think would be helpful. You will use these tools to maintain wellness and move toward what you want out of life.

Supported housing is an approach that has emerged in the last two decades that shows promise in providing stable housing and community integration for individuals with severe mental illness. This approach is in contrast to a transitional continuum approach where individuals are first placed in restrictive, supervised, or group settings and graduated into more independent housing. The supported housing model immediately places individuals in independent normal housing and provides flexible individualized supportive services to aid clients in their recovery.

Supported employment is a type of vocational rehabilitation program that helps people with mental illness find paid employment and keep the job once procured. The Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment (Becker and Drake, 1994) encapsulates the most common and empirically supported elements of supported employment. This model emphasizes rapidly finding a job based on the individual’s preferences and supporting them with continuous assessment and follow-along supports.

Family psychoeducation is a method for working with families, other caregivers and friends who are supportive of persons with mental illness. Based on a family-consumer-professional partnership, it combines information about mental illness with training in problem solving, communication skills, coping skills and developing social supports. The goals are to markedly improve consumer outcomes and quality of life, as well as to reduce family stress and strain.

Integrated dual disorders treatment (IDDT) integrates mental health and substance abuse interventions on the same team, working in one setting, providing individualized treatment and rehabilitation for both disorders in a coordinated fashion. Contrary to traditional treatment for dual disorders, IDDT does not require abstinence as a prerequisite to pursuing housing or employment. Research has shown that having meaningful activities, social supports, safe housing, and a supportive therapeutic relationship to be strongly correlated with consumers' efforts to reduce substance use.

Person Centered Treatment Planning (PCP) is a method for ensuring that person-centered practices (recovery-oriented practices) are supported by and reflected by organizational structures and policies. It provides a foundational framework for organizations to build sophisticated recovery-oriented service plans and treatment.

Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) is a manual based treatment program designed for persons with severe mental illness (SMI) with the goal of helping them live life more independently. IMR was developed based on practices that show improved outcomes in medication adherence, decreased hospitalization rates, symptom reduction, and increased knowledge of mental illness (Mueser et al).

ACT is one of the most well-defined and well-researched treatment models for adults with severe mental illnesses (Bond, Drake et al., 2001). The ACT model is characterized by a team approach with shared caseloads and frequent staff meetings, intensive community-based services, and a focus on assistance with daily living skills. ACT is an effective treatment for people with SMI, particularly in reducing hospitalizations and maintaining stable housing (Bond, Drake et al., 2001; Mueser, Bond, Drake, & Resnick, 1998).

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From volunteering to working part-time at the lab, the ACT center offers opportunities for School of Science undergraduate and graduate students to get involved.

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MENTAL HEALTH COLLABORATION

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The ACT Center has partnerships with many universities and clinical organizations across the country to share and explore mental health research.

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The ACT Center focuses on research that supports recovery from severe mental illnesses and how patients, service providers, programs, and policy come together for solutions. Giving to ACT helps support our invaluable research!

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