Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 43, Issue 6, pp 619–641 | Cite as

ACT and Recovery: Integrating Evidence-Based Practice and Recovery Orientation on Assertive Community Treatment Teams



We examine whether Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), a widely implemented and rigorously studied practice, can successfully incorporate a recovery-oriented approach while continuing to retain program fidelity. We briefly review the effectiveness of ACT as an evidence-based practice, with a focus on adaptations to changing populations and contexts. We explore philosophical similarities and differences between ACT and recovery and examine how fidelity standards, a widely used indicator of how ACT teams operate, support or interfere with the adoption of a recovery-oriented practice. Finally, we provide recommendations on how best to incorporate a recovery orientation into existing ACT teams.


severe mental illness  recovery  assertive community treatment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyIndiana University-Purdue UniversityIndianapolisUSA
  2. 2.Roudebush VA Medical CenterIndianapolisUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryNYU Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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