Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

ACT services promote independent living in the community for persons with the most severe and persistent mental illness. A multidisciplinary team provides services 24 hours per day, seven days per week.  All services are geared toward increasing tenure in the community, stabilizing psychiatric symptoms and improving the quality of life for identified high need, high-risk consumers.


Community mental health services provided by the ACT team are:

  • Intensive case management
  • Mobile outreach and home visits
  • Psychiatric and nursing services
  • Residential skill training and supports
  • Substance abuse assessment and treatment
  • Employment assistance
  • Crisis intervention
  • Short-term, focused therapy and supportive counseling


Eligibility for ACT services includes:

  • Arlington County resident, 18 or older
  • Severe and persistent mental illness: diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder, bipolar disorder, or other psychotic disorder
  • History of multiple hospitalizations
  • Difficulty managing many spheres of independent living such as housing, food preparation, home maintenance, finances, employment, and/or physical illness

For admission and general mental health service information call 703-228-5150

NOTE: This program was formerly known as PACT, or Program for Assertive Community Treatment.