Original Paper

Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research

, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 169-180

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The Work of Recovery on Two Assertive Community Treatment Teams

  • Michelle P. SalyersAffiliated withVA HSR&D Center on Implementing Evidence-Based Practice, Roudebush VAMC and Regenstrief Institute, IncACT Center of IndianaDepartment of Psychology, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Email author 
  • , Laura G. StullAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
  • , Angela L. RollinsAffiliated withACT Center of IndianaDepartment of Psychology, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
  • , Kim HopperAffiliated withNathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, and Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

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Abstract

The compatibility of recovery work with the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model has been debated; and little is known about how to best measure the work of recovery. Two ACT teams with high and low recovery orientation were identified by expert consensus and compared on a number of dimensions. Using an interpretive, qualitative approach to analyze interview and observation data, teams differed in the extent to which the environment, team structure, staff attitudes, and processes of working with consumers supported principles of recovery orientation. We present a model of recovery work and discuss implications for research and practice.

Keywords

Assertive Community Treatment Recovery Measurement Grounded theory