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NCCEH Comments on Revised Service Definition for ACT Teams

As part of the recent settlement with the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is revising the service definition for ACT Teams (Assertive Community Treatment Teams) to reflect greater fidelity to Dartmouth Assertive Community Treatment model. ACT  Teams provide vital mental health and tenancy support services for individuals with severe and persistent mental health diagnoses. NCCEH recently submitted comments on the proposed Revised Service Definition for ACT Teams posted by DHHS:

Response to Request for Comments

NCCEH appreciates the opportunity to provide comments on the Draft Assertive Community Treatment Team Medicaid Billable Service.  ACT Teams are an integral part of the mental health service continuum in North Carolina, and these teams provide services for many individuals who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness. As is highlighted in the State’s recent settlement agreement with the Department of Justice, ACT Teams play a key role in assisting individuals to obtain and maintain permanent, affordable housing in integrated community settings. Stable housing integrated into the community is one of the most crucial resources that we can provide to individuals within the MH/DD/SA system. Many service providers find that stable housing is a key part of treatment and recovery for the beneficiaries of their services. READ NCCEH’S FULL COMMENTS

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