Moving assertive community treatment into standard practice

Psychiatr Serv. 2001 Jun;52(6):771-9. doi: 10.1176/


This article describes the assertive community treatment model of comprehensive community-based psychiatric care for persons with severe mental illness and discusses issues pertaining to implementation of the model. The assertive community treatment model has been the subject of more than 25 randomized controlled trials. Research has shown that this type of program is effective in reducing hospitalization, is no more expensive than traditional care, and is more satisfactory to consumers and their families than standard care. Despite evidence of the efficacy of assertive community treatment, it is not uniformly available to the individuals who might benefit from it.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Community Mental Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Comprehensive Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Health Plan Implementation
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Models, Organizational
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration
  • United States