UNC Health Care Newsroom – January 23, 2020

UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health
receives nearly $500,000 to study mental health program

Lorna Moser, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and director of the Center’s Institute for Best Practices, is principal investigator for a three-year, nearly $500,000 grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation for a national study to look at Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) for individuals with serious mental illness.

…. “We hope to generate valuable descriptive data on the state of ACT implementation across the U.S. to guide current and future efforts to make smarter use of (sadly) limited resources in community mental health,” Moser continued. “We believe study results will be useful to policy-makers and funders, but also providers and mental health services researchers.

“ACT, when optimally implemented, can play an important role in our system of care to divert individuals with serious mental illness away from institutional settings such as hospitals, jails, and restrictive residential settings to more integrated community settings,” continued Moser….

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