Extending Assertive Community Treatment to criminal justice settings: origins, current evidence, and future directions

Community Ment Health J. 2007 Oct;43(5):527-44. doi: 10.1007/s10597-007-9092-9. Epub 2007 Jun 21.


This paper presents an overview of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) as an evidence-based practice in mental health care. We then consider current evidence for FACT (ACT for forensic populations) and FICM (intensive case management for forensic populations) and the ways these models have been extended and adapted to serve mentally ill persons in a variety of criminal justice settings. The available evidence about the effectiveness of these models towards preventing recidivism among criminally-justice involved persons with mental illness is weak. We conclude with several suggestions for how the clinical model of FACT needs to be expanded to incorporate interventions aimed at reducing criminal behavior and recidivism.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Case Management*
  • Community Mental Health Services / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Community Mental Health Services / supply & distribution
  • Crime / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Crime / psychology
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Forensic Psychiatry / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Forensic Psychiatry / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Models, Organizational
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Prisoners / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Prisoners / psychology*
  • Public Health Administration
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Social Work, Psychiatric
  • Therapeutic Community
  • United States