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Research Snapshot: How well has the ACT program been carried out in Ontario?

May 17, 2012

The Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program is a large, Ontario-based service designed to help those with serious mental illnesses. ACT is considered an evidence-based practice. It aims to provide all aspects of support and rehabilitation for clients on an intensive, frequent, and time-unlimited basis.

Recently, researchers in Hamilton and Toronto surveyed 67 of 79 ACT teams to see how well they match with the model that they are based on. They also developed individual team profiles to compare the teams’ performance with the provincial average. Their findings can help policymakers and service providers, among others, to improve the program.

Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) has developed a Research Snapshotof the article, “ACT Fidelity in Ontario: Measuring Adherence to the Model,” by Lindsey George and others. It appeared in the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, vol. 29, no. 5: 87-96. The Snapshotis available at

Research Snapshots are brief, clear language summaries of research articles, presented in a user-friendly format. To read EENet’s clear language summary of this article and others, visit the EENet website

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