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Assertive Community Treatment

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is one of the oldest and most widely researched evidence-based practices for behavioral health. The model is person-centered and recovery-based, with a transdisciplinary team providing all needed behavioral health services to those with severe and persistent mental illness.

Services provided by ACT include case management, nursing, psychiatry, employment, substance use disorder services, peer support, and more. These services are provided in the homes or communities of those being served. Assertive Community Treatment teams have a low client to staff ratio and are available to clients 24/7.

The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion estimates that approximately 1 in 25 Americans live with a serious mental illness. The State of Maryland has approximately 25 Assertive Community Treatment teams.1

The Evidence-Based Practice Center at University of Maryland, Baltimore provides state-wide ACT events and training, as well as individual consultation for teams. For more information, contact Katie Kirk, ACT Trainer, at:

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ACT COD Training Series

Substance use disorders are common among those being served by Assertive Community Treatment Teams. This series is offered quarterly and focuses on the broad skills needed to be effective in working with those with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

This series is open to anyone working on a Maryland Assertive Community Treatment Team. If you must prioritize attendance, we recommend sending COD-Specialists and/or Team Leaders to the series first.

Dates: Tuesdays, April 4 - May 2, 2023
Times: 10 - 11:00 a.m.
CEUs: 1 credit per session*

Topics and Dates

April 4: Best Practices for Severe Co-occurring Disorders

This session will explore the research and best practices for working with individuals with severe mental health and substance use disorders.

April 11: Clinician and Team Mindset

This session will focus on our mindset and the clinical relationship as well as the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing.

April 18: Harm Reduction Interventions

This session will explore harm reduction approaches to use with individuals with severe mental health and substance use disorders.

April 25: Stage-wise Interventions

This training focuses on the Stages of Change, Stages of Treatment, and possible treatment interventions for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders.

May 2: Motivational Interviewing for ACT Staff

This training will focus on how to weave Motivational Interviewing into daily contacts


All trainings will be held through Zoom. Registration is required and once completed, a confirmation email will be sent to you. Register for the ACT COD Series here.

ACT COD Training Series CEU Information

The Evidence-Based Practice Center (EBPC) of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry is authorized as a sponsor of Continuing Education Units. The EBPC maintains responsibility for this program. Please pay attention to the following distinctions regarding CEUs found at the end of each title.

*The Evidence-Based Practice Center of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry certifies that this individual meets the criteria for the following 1 Continuing Education Credits (Category I) for Social Workers/1 Continuing Education (CE) for Psychologists/1 Continuing Education Units (Category A) for Professional Counselors and Therapists; and Alcohol and Drug Counselors and 1 Continuing Education Units for Recovery Peer Specialists.

Also, you must log in through the webinar platform to be eligible for a certificate. Participants who call-in-only are not eligible for CEUs or COAs.

BHA sponsors this training free of charge to eligible Maryland-based provider staff through the University of Maryland School of Medicine Training and Evidence-Based Practice Centers. We are committed to making these trainings accessible to all eligible providers. If you represent an eligible provider agency and would like to discuss accommodations for your staff including requesting training at or closer to your facility, please email us at and provide your agency name, address, and the email address for a contact person.

1. Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Rockville, MD: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 2016.  Retrieved January 5, 2023 from