Services for Serious Mental Illness- “ACT” Teams


“The ACT Team has saved my life … they have helped me to live independently in the community.” – CN Guidance client

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) provides an integrated set of evidenced-based treatment, rehabilitation, case management, and support services delivered by a mobile, multidisciplinary mental health treatment team.

The purpose of the ACT teams is to deliver comprehensive and effective services to individuals who are diagnosed with severe mental illness and whose needs have not been well met by more traditional service delivery approaches. Typically, recipients served by the teams have a serious and persistent psychiatric disorder and a treatment history that has been characterized by frequent use of psychiatric hospitalization and emergency rooms, involvement with the criminal justice system, alcohol/substance abuse, and/or lack of engagement in traditional outpatient services.

The Forensic ACT Team is bi county  – serving recipients in Nassau and Western Suffolk County.

Admission is managed through a local single point of access process (SPOA). Inpatient psychiatric units, mental health outpatient programs and other referral sources submit referrals for ACT services to the Single Point of Access Unit at the Nassau County Department of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities, 60 Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Uniondale, New York 11553.


The services provided by the ACT teams include a full range of clinical treatment, psychosocial rehabilitation, and community support services designed to promote recovery by improving psychiatric symptoms, preventing relapse, teaching skills, providing direct assistance and securing community resources necessary for successful functioning in work, school, home and social relationships. Areas addressed are:

Medication Support

Activities of Daily Living


Empowerment and Self Help

School and Training Opportunities

Money Management and Entitlements

Service Planning and Coordination

Problem Solving

Work Opportunities

Wellness Self-Management and Relapse Prevention

Family Life and Social Relationships

Integrated Treatment for Substance Abuse


For additional information please contact:

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT Team) and Forensic ACT Team
Michelle Scantlebury, LCSW, CASAC, Program Director
CN Guidance and Counseling Services
Tel: (516) 822-6111, ext. 1435
Fax: (516) 348-0288