The assertive community treatment team as a complex dynamic system of care.
Journal Article (Journal Article)
This paper presents a dynamic systems view of assertive community treatment (ACT), a recognized evidence-based treatment for adults with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI). It is argued that because an ACT team operates as a complex adaptive system (CAS), it engages in the organizational processes of "sensemaking" and self-organization, which help to bring order to the actions of team members and sustainability of the intervention itself. Consequently, successful implementation of ACT requires that management technologies such as meaning-creation and design are used in conjunction with traditional "command and control" technologies of policies, procedures, processes, and structures.
- Allred, CA; Burns, BJ; Phillips, SD
- January 2005
Volume / Issue
- 32 / 3
Start / End Page
- 211 - 220
International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
- United States