Virtual Forum: Facilitating Recovery In Schizophrenia: An Assertive Community Treatment Approach
Location: Online Via PsychU.org
Description: Why is the concept of recovery important to patients with schizophrenia? What are some barriers to recovery? How can an Assertive Community Treatment model facilitate recovery for patients with schizophrenia? These are important questions that prompt discussion and consideration within the mental health community.
For patients, providers, and payers alike, recovery is an important goal. However, it is important to remember that recovery does not mean a complete void of symptoms. Rather, a recovery-oriented approach to care facilitates a meaningful life for an individual living with an illness or disability. One evidence-based model that has shown effectiveness in supporting recovery is Assertive Community Treatment (ACT). ACT allows provider teams to directly provide individualized, flexible, and comprehensive treatment, support, and rehabilitation services to a specific group of individuals with severe mental illness.
During this virtual discussion forum, Rebecca Roma, M.D., Medical Director of the Community Treatment Team at Mercy Behavioral Health in Pittsburgh, PA and Dr. Rakesh Bansil, M.D., Medical Director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ will discuss best practices in the facilitation of recovery in patients with schizophrenia. As part of this conversation, Drs. Roma and Bansil will cover several different aspects of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), including substance abuse treatment, supported employment, and peer support; and offer their professional experience with promoting recovery for patients with schizophrenia. The discussion will conclude with time for questions from the audience.
The online discussion will include:
- An overview of wellness and recovery
- A look at the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model
- Important aspects of the ACT model, including substance abuse treatment, supported employment, and peer support