At Pathways to Housing-Philadelphia, mental health services to support consumers' independent living are delivered through Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams. ACT is an evidence-based mental health intervention known to reduce psychiatric hospitalization and increase housing stability. ACT team members include social workers, substance abuse, counselors, nurses, and psychiatrists, with ideal staff to client ratios of 1 to 10. Through a novel collaboration between the program and the Deparment of Family and Community Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, a primary-care physician was embedded into the ACT services to form an integrated health-care team.
Recommended CitationWeinstein, MD, Lara C. and Henwood, LCSW, Benjamin, "Implementing Integrated Primary and Behavioral Healthcare Within a Housing First Program" (2011). Department of Family & Community Medicine Presentations and Grand Rounds. Paper 3.