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CTI informs pilot ACT transition model in New York State

act_logoFor persons with severe mental illness, the transition from assertive community treatment (ACT) to less intensive services is a vulnerable period during which enhanced support is especially vital.  The ACT Transitions Model, adapted in part from CTI, is a framework designed to enhance the coordination and continuity of care of service recipients who are moving from ACT to less intensive services.  A workgroup of stakeholders developed the model to be delivered in the following three phases over a nine-month period: (1) Transition Planning, (2) Try-Out, and (3) Fine Tuning, Transfer of Care and Follow-up.  The stakeholder workgroup included ACT staff and consumers as well as representatives of the New York State Office of Mental Health and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.   The model will be piloted and evaluated over the next two years.  The project is a New York State Office of Mental Health initiative funded by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation (PI, Molly Finnerty, M.D.) For further information, contact Jennifer Manuel at coevjim@omh.state.ny.us or 212.543.5164.

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