It’s not so easy to see the connection between people and plants, and yet that connection is all around us. Plants are represented in our food, clothes, homes, medicines and even the air we breathe. However, this story is about what many people consider a deeper connection.
The ACT model was born in the 1970s, in an early wave of de-institutionalization for some mentally ill patients. Research studies showed that a team approach was most helpful to patients making the transition to independent living. “We try to recreate the security and safety that they get in the hospital,” Carol VanderZwaag, MD, says. “You can’t take people who’ve been institutionalized and expect them to live their lives without help.”
The UNC PAWS program (Puppy Development Center) of the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health trains puppies that become service dogs for veterans and others with disabilities.
Providing a place to live, along with support services, for people with mental illness is the goal of a partnership that aims to begin building a small community of 200-square-foot “tiny homes” at The Farm at Penny Lane in Chatham County
The Center's ACT Team is piloting a new program that will fill an important gap in community-based treatment of individuals with severe mental illness in Orange and Chatham counties. A Medicaid-funded service that will be a subset of the current ACT team, the new Step-Down program will aid individuals as they transition from the high-intensity treatment of the ACT team to independent office-based care.