Program of Assertive Community Treatment (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.

What is PACT?

The Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model supports individuals in community settings rather than psychiatric hospitals and has been replicated throughout the United States and internationally. In Washington State, ACT is known as the Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT).

PACT has been proven to improve people’s quality of life, reduce hospitalizations and incarcerations, and help people maintain independence. PACT services are provided by a multidisciplinary team of professionals. Services are evidence-based, recovery-oriented, and provided through a team approach. 

PACT contracts

The Health Care Authority (HCA) contracts with the University of Washington Spirit Lab who provides training, technical assistance, program monitoring and conducts on-site fidelity reviews. The reviews ensure publicly funded PACT providers meet standards consistent with the evidence-based model.

HCA also contracts with new PACT teams to provide startup funding to support providers as they enroll clients to the program.