UNC ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) Team

Assisting individuals in living meaningful and productive lives in the community.

The Center's ACT Team is well-known for its success in providing transition support for individuals with severe mental illness as they move from a facility to living in the community.

This evidenced- based practice model provides an individual with a comprehensive team of mental health professionals and paraprofessionals with a common goal of assisting the person with maintaining community placement, 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.

Referrals Contact:  main clinic number at Carr Mill Clinic 919.962.4919


Carol Vanderzwagg. MD
Medical Director for Community Services



Kristin Lukasiewicz, MSW
Act Team Leader



Erin Canute, LPCA,CRC
Supportive Employment


Brian West
Peer Specialist



Eric Walker
ACTT Professional



Derek Olsen, MSW
ACT Professional




Carly Brinster, MA
ACT Professional



Cathia Ortiz
ACT Professional


Hillary Little

Hillary  Little, MS, CRC, LPCA
Employment Specialist



David Causey

David Causey, LPC, CS
Substance Abuse Specialist



Judith Causey, RN