Catalyst is an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program. Catalyst provides full service partnership services to Transitional Age Youth (TAY) ages 16 to 25 with a serious mental illness, and who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in San Diego County. This recovery-focused program is also co-located with a consumer-run clubhouse offering a wide range of services designed to help each participant lead a meaning, self-sufficient life.

How Does ACT Work?

• A Team Approach

– Psychiatrists, nurses, mental health professional, employment specialists, peer support personnel and co-occurring specialists join together on ACT teams to give consumers ongoing, individualized care.

• Services Provided Where They Are Needed

– Consumers receive ACT services in their homes, where they work, and in other settings in the community where problems occur or where support is needed.

• Personalized Care

– ACT offers services that are customized to the individual needs of the consumer.

• Time-Unlimited Support

– ACT teams give consumers the services and supports they need for as long as they need them.

•Continuous Care

-Several ACT team members work regularly with each consumer.

•Flexible Care

– ACT teams fit their schedules around the needs of consumers.

• Comprehensive Care

– ACT teams provide an array of services to help meet consumer needs.

• Services Provided When They Are Needed

– ACT services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Someone is always available to handle emergencies.

What is ACT?

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is a team-based approach to delivering comprehensive and flexible treatment, support and services.

ACT is an extensive service for individuals who experience serious mental illness. People who receive ACT services typically have needs that have not been effectively addressed by traditional, less intensive mental health services.

Catalyst’s ACT team provides comprehensive, individualized services in an integrated and continuous manner. Services are collaborative and recovery-oriented, and treatment includes: psychiatric assessment, medication management, individual supportive therapy, substance abuse treatment, co-occurring disorders treatment, supportive housing, resource linkage, advocacy, family psycho-education and therapy, supportive employment and education development, legal assistance, community integration services, peer support and group counseling.

The goal of Assertive Community Treatment is to assist people in achieving stability, independence and success.

catalyst™ Eligibility

• 16 to 25 years old

• San Diego County resident

• Homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless

• Diagnosis or symptoms of serious mental illness

• Significant impairment in daily living skills

• Medi-Cal eligible or indigent

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