The Work of Recovery on Two Assertive Community Treatment Teams

  • Michelle P. Salyers
  • Laura G. Stull
  • Angela L. Rollins
  • Kim Hopper
Original Paper


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.


Assertive Community Treatment Recovery Measurement Grounded theory 



This study was funded by an IP-RISP grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (R24 MH074670; Recovery Oriented Assertive Community Treatment). We appreciate the involvement of staff and consumers who participated, and the assistance of Angela Donovan, Candice Hudson, Dawn Shimp, and Jenny Lydick in the preparation of this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelle P. Salyers
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Laura G. Stull
    • 3
  • Angela L. Rollins
    • 2
    • 3
  • Kim Hopper
    • 4
  1. 1.VA HSR&D Center on Implementing Evidence-Based Practice, Roudebush VAMC and Regenstrief Institute, IncIndianapolisUSA
  2. 2.ACT Center of IndianaIndianapolisUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyIndiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)IndianapolisUSA
  4. 4.Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, and Mailman School of Public HealthColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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