Assisting individuals in living meaningful and productive lives in the community
UNC's ACT Teams are well-known for their success in providing transition support for individuals with severe mental illness as they move from a facility to living in the community. With expansion of UNC clinics to Wake County, a new Wake ACT Team now serves patients in Wake County.
This evidenced- based practice model provides an individual with a comprehensive team of mental health professionals and paraprofessionals who have a common goal of assisting these clients /patients in receiving medication and other care that will allow them to live a meaningful life, preferably in an independent living situation. It serves individuals in various settings, including home, work and community.
The team is comprised of a team leader, mental health professionals, nursing staff, a team psychiatrist, housing specialist, vocational specialist, substance abuse specialist and a peer support specialist. Individuals are seen an average of 12 times per month for medication monitoring, symptom monitoring, therapeutic interventions and care coordination activities. The team is available to patients 24/7, 365 days/yr.
Individuals who meet criteria for this service typically have an Axis 1 diagnosis of schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder or bi-polar disorder. In addition, the person will likely have a recent history of multiple hospitalizations, be at risk for homelessness, or have difficulty engaging in “traditional office based” services.
Wake ACT TEAM
Carrie Brown, MD
Psychiatrist and Team Physician
Emily Clark, LCSW, MS, CCS
Evette Clement, RN
Sarah Garcia, RN
Edgar Garrido, MSW LCSW-A
Jeff Neer, BA,,CPS
Kelly Nelson,MS, CRS
Administrative Support Specialist
Tamara Wilson, LCSW-A
Substance Abuse Specialist
Jasper Fleming BA
Business Services Coordinator, Wake County Programs