ACT in Pennsylvania

ACT or ACT-like programs have been in existence in Pennsylvania since the mid-1990s. However, no state-wide standards existed for ACT until OMHSAS issued the ACT bulletin in September 2008 stipulating the standards and procedures for developing, administering and monitoring Assertive Community Treatment programs in the Commonwealth.  Currently PA has 43 licensed ACT  teams that serve about 3200 individuals. 

Consistent with the concept of urban and rural teams in the National ACT Standards, the OMHSAS ACT bulletin defines two sizes of ACT teams:

  • Full-size team (Urban): 10-12 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) multidisciplinary clinical staff plus a psychiatrist and program assistant. Staff to individual-served ratio of 1:10 (not including the psychiatrist and the program assistant);
  • Modified team (Rural): 6-8 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) multidisciplinary clinical staff plus a psychiatrist and program assistant. Staff to individual-served ratio of 1:8 (not including the psychiatrist and the program assistant).

Pennsylvania ACT Bulletin and Related Attachments

Fidelity, Cost, and Outcomes Analyses of Pennsylvania ACT/CTT Teams

ACT/CTT Providers by County in Pennsylvania