Assertive Community Treatment Program, (ACTP)

Maddison Cross, LMSW
Program Supervisor

Assertive Community Treatment is a team treatment approach designed to provide comprehensive, community-based psychiatric treatment, rehabilitation, and support to adults with serious and persistent mental illness. People in ACTP Services have symptoms that affect their ability to function independently and that interfere with their ability to take care of themselves, including complying with prescribed medications and participating in recommended therapy services.

People who need ACTP Services may have difficulty in any number of the following areas:

  • Maintaining or having interpersonal relationships with family and friends.
  • Accessing needed mental health and physical health care.
  • Addressing issues related to aging.
  • Performing activities of daily living or other life skills.
  • Managing medications without ongoing support.
  • Maintaining housing.
  • Participating in employment and/or educational services.
  • Avoiding arrest and incarceration, navigating the legal system or transitioning back to the community from jail or prison.
  • Coping with relapses or return of symptoms due to stress or changes in the environment that result in frequent use of hospital services, emergency departments, crisis services, crisis residential programs or homeless shelters.
  • Maintaining recovery as part of the challenges of a co-occurring substance use disorder.
  • Encountering difficulty in past or present progress toward recovery despite participation in long-term or intensive services.


To help people with a severe mental illness become independent, integrate with their community while reducing hospitalizations and improving their quality of life.


ACT uses a team approach

The team consists of:

  • Therapist 
  • Psychiatrist
  • Support Staff
  • Registered Nurse
  • Licensed Social Workers 
  • Certified Peer Support Specialist

  • Acute care
  • Employment and housing supports
  • Psychiatric treatment   
  • Family support, education, and therapy
  • Assertive outreach
  • Substance use services
  • Recovery services
  • Community inclusion
  • Coordination of benefits and programs                          
  • Medical coordination
  • Navigation of the legal system                                       
  • Monitoring medications
  • Ongoing assessment and treatment planning               
  • Individual and group therapy

The ACTP is a community-based outreach program where most of the services are provided in the environment of the person served such as an independent residence, adult foster care, crisis placement, hospital or other community setting.  Other services may be on-site with transportation assistance provided if needed.

A person is discharged from ACTP services when one of the following circumstances is met:

  • The person no longer requires the level of services provided by the ACTP and their needs can be met with a less intensive service program. Transition planning occurs throughout treatment.
  • The person no longer resides in Lapeer County.
  • The person consistently declines to be involved with the ACTP.

ACTP services are available 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

If you do not already receive CMH services and want to know if you qualify for ACT call 810-667-0500. 

  • ACCESS Line at 1-888-225-4447.