If you have
schizophrenia, it may be hard to keep track of all the
things you need to do and the people who are helping you. Case management helps
you do this. One person, called a case manager, helps
you keep track of your treatment and your recovery goals.
Assertive community treatment (ACT) is a type of case management. Your
ACT team includes a case manager, doctor,
psychiatrist, and nurse. Your team can help you 24
hours a day, 7 days a week. You get care where you live. You don't have to stay
in or visit a health care centre to get treatment.
Deliver medicine to your
Provide many types of treatment.
Help you with
social skills, schooling, and work.
Watch for problems in your
mental and physical health.
Help you keep in touch with your
Help with routine tasks such as laundry, shopping, cooking,
grooming, and getting around.
Contact your local or provincial chapter of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada or talk with a health professional about whether ACT is available in your community. Some communities have services similar to ACT that are known by other names, such as community rehabilitation.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerLisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health