Program for Assertive Community Treatment
PACT is a community program that works with adults who have serious and persistent mental health or co-occurring disorders. A primary Axis I diagnosis for at least a 12-month duration is required to be eligible for services. Individuals must also demonstrate unsuccessful attempts to achieve recovery in traditional outpatient services.
Individuals must have a history of multiple hospitalizations or screenings over the past 18 months. Two or more of these hospitalizations must have been involuntary or one must have been in a State psychiatric hospital.
PACT's goal is to provide treatment which will allow consumers to maintain the highest level of independence and productivity possible. PACT is community based and uses a team approach. Each team includes a psychiatrist, mental health clinicians, dual diagnosis specialist, vocational specialists, nurses, mental health advocates and peer specialists. Services include:
- Medication Management
- Psychiatric Evaluation and Monitoring
- Psychiatric Rehabilitation
- Dual-Disorder Treatment
- Advocacy Services
- Transportation to Other Medical Appointments and Social Service Agency Appointments
PACT team services are available to clients 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Referrals for PACT services can be made directly to the PACT program and must be approved by DMHAS (the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services).
Participation in PACT is voluntary and consumers must be at least 18 years old to participate in this program. The program team is located at the Helen Herrmann Counseling Center in Red Bank.
PACT services are evidence-based and have been successful around the country in promoting recovery and decreasing hospitalizations. To read more about PACT and its impact on the lives of the people it serves, see the National Council Article.