An overview for effective community based therapy.
In addition to laying out the basics of staffing and running a community based program for the mentally ill, this text offers guidance on such issues as financing the program and treating drug abusers.
This volume describes the ACT (assertive community treatment) approach to providing treatment, rehabilitation, supportive services, and practical help to people with severe and persistent mental illness. It provides a historical background to the approach, first developed in the early 1970s; explains the model's conceptual framework; details its day-to-day workings; and describes how its multidisciplinary team (from secretary to psychiatrist) work together to help patients. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.