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Program of Assertive Community Treatment

What is PACT?

PACT is for people with severe mental health disorders, who frequently need care in a psychiatric hospital or other crisis service.  These clients often have challenges with traditional services, and may have a high risk or history of arrest and incarceration. 

PACT serves up to 800 people statewide with effective and intensive outreach services.  These services are evidence-based, recovery-oriented, and provided through a team approach.  With small caseloads, PACT teams can address each person's needs and strengths to provide the right care at the right time. 

Peer specialists help people transition back into their communities.  Up to 85% of services are available within communities. 

Program reviews are conducted at least once a year to measure progress with the following goals:

  • Reduce the need for care within state hospitals;
  • Increase satisfaction and quality of life;
  • Decrease the use of community inpatient and crisis services;
  • Increase employment; and
  • Reduce involvement with criminal justice.

Resources

WA-PACT Program Standards

PACT Policies & Procedures Guidelines

WA-PACT Comprehensive Assessment Template

Practice Guidelines for Recovery Oriented Behavioral Health Care

SAMHSA PACT Toolkit


Contact Information:

For more information about PACT, contact David Reed at ReedDL@dshs.wa.gov or
360-725-1457.