The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) announces the availability of funds for the development of a Young Adult Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team within Erie County, Monroe County, Onondaga County, Westchester County or Nassau County in New York State. The Young Adult ACT team will serve 48 individuals, ages 18 to 25, who have Serious Mental Illness (SMI) with high service needs, who have not been successfully engaged by the traditional mental health treatment and rehabilitation system and who can benefit from the specialty ACT Team goals which include helping young adults to become independent.
In addition to a program of comprehensive treatment services, it will provide developmentally appropriate support to build and implement a productive vocational or educational plan. It will focus on enhancing necessary “real-world” skills, including but not limited to financial literacy, decision-making, time management, interpersonal interactions socially and in a work setting, as well as self-care and well-being.
Young Adult ACT will serve adults who are diagnosed with a Serious Mental Illness (SMI). These individuals may also be high users of emergency and/or crisis services, have co-occurring substance use disorders, be isolated from community supports, including family, and in danger of losing their housing/becoming homeless, are homeless, and/or have histories of involvement with the criminal justice system.