Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

ACT is a multidisciplinary team approach to provide mental health and substance use disorder services to individuals in their home. Team members deliver these individualized services directly to persons with severe mental illness who have not met success with traditional approaches. Team members share responsibility for services, are cross trained, and familiar with all individuals receiving services.

The majority of support is administered in the home or community and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  All mental health and substance abuse services are provided by the team with frequent contacts at least weekly but up to daily as needed.  Services include:

  • Intense medication organization and supervision providing security for medications 
  • Activities of daily living
  • Work related services
  • Supportive counseling
  • Social skill teaching
  • Peer counseling and support
  • Psycho-education with family

A typical ACT service recipient has:

  • Schizophrenia-spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder, or major depressive disorder with psychotic features; and
  • Significant functional impairments and (daily living, maintaining employment, homemaker roles, safe living situations)
  • One or more of the following:
  • Comorbid substance abuse; and/or
  • History of frequent or long-term hospitalizations; and/or
  • History of frequent arrests/incarcerations or homelessness episodes
  • Have not (or likely would not) successfully receive services from less intensive community-based treatment programs
  1. Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

    Physical Address
    5959 Fiddlers Road
    Second Floor
    Gloucester, VA 23061


    Phone: 804-824-2057
    Fax: 804-824-2798