UNC Wake ACT Team
Assisting individuals in living meaningful and productive lives in the community
UNC’s Assertive Community Treatment (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 Wake ACT Team, housed at the UNC clinics on Falstaff Drive, 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 win various settings, including home, work and community 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.
- Likely have a recent history of multiple hospitalizations
- Be at risk for homelessness
- Or have difficulty engaging in “traditional office based” services
- Live in Wake County
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.