Analysis of the Community Treatment Team Program: Implications for Managed Mental Health Care
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) programs have been credited with providing mental healthcare consumers with increased stability within the community and their care providers with a successful, cost-effective alternative to hospitalization. In keeping with the philosophy of rehabilitative mental health treatment that gave rise to the first ACT program in the 1970's, the Community Treatment Team program of ACT of Kalamazoo, Inc. has the potential to meet the goals of managed mental healthcare providers. Since its inception in 199 5, the Community Treatment Team (CTT} program has been associated with reduced hospitalization, increased independence, and cost savings associated with reduced service use as a result of transfer of clients to a less intensive form of treatment appropriate to their individual needs. The associated cost/benefits hold the potential to contribute greatly to the future of mental healthcare provision at large.