Assertive Community Treatment

The Assertive Community Treatment Program (ACT) is an evidence-based, person-centered program licensed through the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYS OMH). The multidisciplinary ACT team at Circare provides care management and clinical services to recipients in their natural environments. ACT staff visits individuals minimally six times per month and up to five times per week, depending on need. The program goals are to assist ACT participants with remaining in the community in their natural environments, achieving improved medication compliance (where applicable), decreasing emergency room visits and hospitalizations, and improving support systems. Emphasis is placed on the values of rehabilitation and recovery.

Services Include

  • Medication management
  • Housing assistance
  • Vocational and educational assistance
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Family support
  • Peer support
  • Other services identified that support an individual in maintaining their
    recovery in the community

Eligibility Criteria

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Onondaga County resident
  • Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder or Bi-Polar Disorder diagnosis
  • Demonstration of a serious functional impairment

Referral Process

All applications for Circare ACT services are processed through the Onondaga County Single Point of Access (SPOA). To apply for ACT services, complete the SPOA Application and fax to SPOA at 315-435-3279.

Services are voluntary, unless the individual is involved with the Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) Program.

To apply for ACT services, complete the Single Point of Access (SPOA) Application and fax to SPOA at 315-435-3279.

Download SPOA Application >

Hours of Operation

  • Services are provided in the community Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
  • On-Call services are available 24/7.


Melissa Button
ACT Team Supervisor
315-472-7363 x 174