When life's challenges are overwhelming, many individuals and families in North Carolina look to Lutheran Services Carolinas for help. The Assertive Community Treatment Team serves adults with severe and persistent mental illness who live in Orange, Person, and Chatham Counties. Raynor Street, a Durham apartment complex, serves adults with severe and persistent mental illness and also provides residential assistance. The LSC Counseling Center in Charlotte provides individual, marital, and family counseling by a state-certified therapist. LSC also offers workshops such as single-parent retreats and marriage enrichment sessions, and provides assessment and referral information.
What is ACTT?
ACTT (Assertive Community Treatment Team) is a mobile multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI). LSC ACTT operates in Orange, Person, and Chatham Counties in North Carolina. It is evidenced-based treatment that works.
Individuals diagnosed with a SPMI often have a difficult time functioning in the community. ACTT gives these individuals access to the services they need, when they need them, in order to maximize their quality of life while maintaining their independence. Clients receive help with basic needs, help with medications, and help simply getting through each day.
How does ACTT work?
ACTT takes treatment to the person. At Lutheran Services Carolinas, the ACT Team includes a director, psychiatrist, psychiatric nurses, clinical counselors, a substance abuse counselor, a peer support specialist, a vocational specialist, and an office manager.
ACTT provides comprehensive person-centered care. Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Although ACTT operates from an office, 75 percent of services are provided to the individual at home, at work, or in other community settings, wherever and whenever needed.
What services does ACTT provide?
ACTT services include:
- Psychiatric treatment and assessment
- Group and individual therapy
- Group and individual substance abuse counseling
- Medication management and support
- Physical health assessment and monitoring
- Family support and education
- Entitlement and financial management
- Housing and tenancy support
- Employment support.
How does ACTT help?
The goals of the team are:
- To lessen/eliminate symptoms of mental illness and to minimize or prevent recurrent acute episodes of the illness
- To reduce or prevent hospital admissions
- To reduce family stress
- To reduce the frequency of crises events
- To reduce involvement with the criminal justice system
- To improve the quality and stability of the client's housing
- To meet basic needs and enhance the client'ss quality of life
- To improve functioning in social and employment settings
For more information, contact:
LSC ACTT, 891 Willow Drive, Suite 2, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, (919) 968-2552 or email actt@LSCarolinas.net.
Raynor Street apartments
Raynor Street is an apartment complex in Durham that houses adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Raynor Street also provides residential assistance and mental health services, enabling residents to live independently with support available around the clock. LSC oversees the operations of this program in partnership with Alliance Behavioral Health and the Arc of North Carolina. The purpose of the program is to help adults with mental illness maintain stability within a community-based independent living model. Support offered to residents includes crisis intervention, advocacy, outings, activities and transportation. The primary goal of Raynor Street apartments is to facilitate independent living.
For more information, contact:
Raynor Street Apartments, 708 Raynor Street, Durham, NC 27703, (919) 688-7606 or email SRichardson@LSCarolinas.net.