Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT)
At McLean Hospital, we understand that care doesn’t end when someone leaves the hospital.
Our Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) brings clinicians into individuals’ homes and local communities. This allows us to best meet the ongoing needs of people with psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and psychosis.
As a “hospital without walls,” PACT strives to provide customized, person-centered care for individuals at any stage of the rehabilitation process. The program is structured to make sure people receive the help they need, when they need it, and for as long as they need it.
PACT’s community-based team offers services to help patients transition between levels of care or to avoid the need for hospitalization. Our clinicians address symptoms and assist with therapy and medication management.
We place equal emphasis on building and growing aspects of an individual’s life that are important to recovery. This can include community integration and independent living skills.
PACT is best suited to adults 18 years and older who:
- Have bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or other related diagnoses—with or without coexisting conditions like substance use disorders
- Are at risk for repeated hospitalization or in need of recovery supports
- Seek person-centered treatment that is flexible and adaptable to one’s goals and needs
- Struggle with staying on track with their treatment or need help with skills for day-to-day living, including vocational and social skills
- Need individualized care and access to a compassionate mobile treatment team
- Want help taking steps to achieve their goals
In order for PACT to be effective, an initial desire for change is necessary from the patient and their family. Patients also must be willing to allow the PACT team into their home and/or community.
At PACT, we do not define our patients by their illness. Instead, we recognize that everyone can create a meaningful life. We meet people where they are, both mentally and physically. By helping individuals get the right support, we empower each patient so they are an active participant in their care and in their life.
Doctors and researchers have long understood that people receive extensive care while they’re in the hospital. However, patients don’t always get that care after release from the hospital. This often results in another hospital stay.
Programs like PACT bridge gaps in care. They have been successful at reducing the number, frequency, and length of hospital admissions. Studies show that people who have used similar programs spend less time out of work, earn more money, and have more fulfilling social lives.
Services like PACT can also reduce caregiver burnout by adding resources to patients’ support systems.