The Program of Assertive Community Treatment and the University of Wisconsin Psychiatry Residency

  • John BattagliaEmail author
  • Art Walaszek
  • Claudia L. Reardon


The model of assertive community treatment for persons with chronic and severe mental illness was developed at the Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) in Madison, Wisconsin, and it remains the gold standard for team-based case management in the community. PACT has had in place a long-standing “culture of learning,” with trainees continuously in attendance. In 2010, an opportunity arose for the University of Wisconsin (UW) School of Medicine and Public Health to partner with PACT in providing both undergraduate medical education, through a Public Health elective, and graduate medical education, through a Community Psychiatry Track. The authors describe the collaboration of the medical director of PACT, the Psychiatry residency training director at UW, and the associate residency training director to create these new educational experiences.


Community psychiatry Community mental health services Graduate medical education Undergraduate medical education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Battaglia
    • 1
    Email author
  • Art Walaszek
    • 1
  • Claudia L. Reardon
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public HealthMadisonUSA

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