Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) 101

ACT 101

  • Must be completed by ACT staff within the first six months of working on an ACT team.
  • ACT 101 is one training choice that meets the annual minimum ACT Medicaid training requirements.

Required Prior to ACT 101 Training:

Complete assigned online modules. Within one week of online registration, you will receive an email from with directions to complete modules on the website. If you do not complete the required web-based modules, you may be turned away at the training without refund.



Training Description: Participants in ACT 101 will be able to describe Michigan’s Assertive Community Treatment’s (ACT) history, development and dissemination, team structure, roles, and community deployment.  Participants will review ACT Medicaid requirements and the Field Guide to ACT to enhance understanding of ACT practice and fidelity and will be able to describe ACT’s treatment focus on person-centered, recovery based holistic treatment of people experiencing the most difficult and intractable symptoms of serious mental health illness. Using a therapeutic set of intensive clinical, medical and psychosocial services provided by a mobile multi-disciplinary treatment team, participants will learn about basic ACT supports and services to assist in community tenure. Participants have the opportunity to discuss, describe and ask questions of Presenters and MDHHS staff as they relate to providing services within the managed care Medicaid environment. Successful pre-attendance online work is required as is the generated certificate of completion

Training Objectives: 

  1. Describe the development and dissemination of Assertive Community Treatment teams in Michigan
  2. Describe ACT implementation and fidelity to model including Medicaid, Michigan Field Guide to ACT, MiFAST process
  3. Summarize and explain the importance of treatment within a recovery-based system of care, and how team support and expectations within ACT positively impacts effects of serious mental illness
  4. Describe the four Recovery Dimensions: Health, Home, Purpose and Community. Recount the 10 Common Recovery Components pertinent to consumers served by ACT teams (Hope, Person-Driven, multiple Pathways, Holistic, Peer Supported, Relational, sensitive to Culture, Trauma informed, Strengths/Responsibilities required and Respect)
  5. Describe and compare individuals in the movie ‘Inside-Outside-Building a Meaningful Life After the Hospital’, featuring 8 individuals once considered to have the most chronic SMI and related impairments to those receiving treatment through ACT in Michigan’s current community based public behavioral health system
  6. Identify the Ten Principles of ACT
  7. Define and describe the activities and expectations of services provided through ACT ‘ We Do In ACT’
  8. In the Michigan Medicaid Provider Manual, review specifics to ACT, discuss and summarize ACT
  9. Articulate ACT Team Composition, roles and expectations
  10. Describe Characteristics of ACT Teams
  11. Watch, then discuss John Oliver YouTube clip validating ACT effectiveness
  12. Identify and explain outcomes expected through ACT
  13. Explain how the Field Guide to ACT supports practice

Who Should Attend: This seminar contains content appropriate for clinical staff (social work micro and macro) at entry level of practice.  All staff working on ACT teams are required to participate within the first six months of ACT work.


  • Kees Frankfort, MA, LLP
  • Anne Agar-Krill, RN, MSN
  • Alyson Rush, LMSW, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services