Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is an evidence-based practice (EBP), which means that we have research to support that it works!

Research on ACT spans four decades, and most of the research existed before we had measures of program fidelity (i.e., a metric that indicates to what extent what was studied followed the key ingredients of the ACT model).  There is also a range of topic-specific research relevant to ACT practice, such as research on integrated co-occurring substance use disorder Treatment and research on wellness management and recovery.


Learn More about research relevant to ACT through these resources – publicly available ACT-related research.


Study examining the Housing First model + ACT:


Study examining staff turnover on ACT:

Staff turnover in statewide implementation of ACT: relationship with ACT fidelity and other team characteristics.


Study examining hospitalization rates for people receiving ACT services in Norway:

Hospitalization of high and low inpatient service users before and after enrollment into Assertive Community Treatment teams: a naturalistic observational study.


Study examining hospitalization rates for people with co-occurring substance use receiving ACT services in Norway:

Hospitalisation of severely mentally ill patients with and without problematic substance use before and during Assertive Community Treatment: an observational cohort study.


Cognitive behavioral social skills training within ACT:

Enhancing assertive community treatment with cognitive behavioral social skills training for schizophrenia: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.


Moving ACT towards medical homes:

A comparison of assertive community treatment fidelity measures and patient-centered medical home standards.


Staff burnout:

Burnout in mental health services: a review of the problem and its remediation.


Working with ACT service recipients who are parents:

Parents served by assertive community treatment: parenting needs, services, and attitudes.