May 15, 2012 - May 18, 2012
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Annual ACT Conference 2012 (Boston, MA)

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We are presenting at the "28th Annual Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Conference 2012," which takes place in Boston, MA, on May 16-18, 2012. Sign-up for our workshop:

Implementing ACT with IDDT: Lessons Learned

  • Date: Friday, May 18, 2012
  • Time: 9:00 to 10:30 am
  • Workshop #58
  • Registration Fee: $180 to $445 (consult website of sponsoring organization)
  • Who Should Attend: (see below).

Presenter 1: Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, consultant and trainer at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP) at Case Western Reserve University (see "keynote speaker" section below).

Presenter 2: Jon Ramos, director of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Services at the Ohio Coordinating Center for ACT (see "keynote speaker" section below).

Description: This presentation provides an overview of the initiative in Franklin County, Ohio, that has implemented both Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) simultaneously. Both are SAMHSA-recognized evidence-based practices. The presenters will review the history of the initiative, including the circumstances in Franklin County that inspired the initiative, facilitarors and barriers to implementation, lessons learned, and current outcomes data. Discover how the ACT-IDDT initiative is helping reduce service costs in Franklin County and reduce utilization of high-cost services and increase quality of life among people with SMI who are most at-risk of psychiatric hospitalization.

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Jon Ramos , Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW


Our workshop at the 28th Annual ACT Conference is designed for professionals from multiple disciplines, service settings, and systems of care who provide healthcare, behavioral healthcare, and other services to people with severe mental illness (SMI) or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. Examples of those who should consider attending include the following:

Service roles

  • Program managers
  • Team leaders
  • Clinical supervisors
  • Quality assurance professionals
  • Administrators
  • Policymakers
  • Direct-service staff

Service settings

  • Behavioral healthcare organizations (e.g., mental health, addiction services)
  • County boards (e.g., mental health, addiction services)
  • Community health clinics
  • Psychiatric hospitals (state and community)
  • Hospitals
  • Criminal justice (e.g., police, courts, jail, probation, parole)
  • Residential
  • Housing

Professional disciplines

  • Mental-health services
  • Addiction services
  • Social work
  • Psychology
  • Primary healthcare
  • Psychiatry
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Residential
  • Housing
  • Criminal justice
  • Vocational rehabilitation

Service models and strategies

Individuals and service teams from organizations that are implementing evidence-based practices, best practices, emerging practices, and other service strategies for people with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. Examples include the following:

  • Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT)
  • Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
  • Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment (DDCAT)
  • Dual Diagnosis Capability in Mental Health Treatment (DDCMHT)
  • Tobacco Recovery Across the Continuum (TRAC)
  • Supported Employment/ Individual Placement and Support (SE/ IPS)
  • Illness Management and Recovery (IMR)
  • Wellness Management and Recovery (WMR)


  • TBA. Consult the sponsoring organization's website.


  • Assertive Community Treatment Association (ACTA)


  • Credits may be available.
  • Consult the website of the sponsoring organization.







Jon Ramos, BA, is director of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Services at the Ohio Coordinating Center for ACT. In this capacity, he works to further the development of ACT within Ohio's mental health system by providing consultation, training, education, and quality-improvement services to mental health providers and stakeholders. Mr. Ramos has implemented and/or provided technical assistance for more than 35 ACT programs throughout Ohio, including Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) teams employed by the Veterans Administration. He has conducted numerous trainings for state-wide initiatives in Ohio and Illinois and represents Ohio on the National ACT State Leaders Forum.

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Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, is a consultant and trainer at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University. He provides technical assistance (consulting and training) to organizations that are implementing evidence-based practices, emerging best practices, and other strategies that improve services and outcomes for people diagnosed with severe mental illness and substance use disorders. These strategies include Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT), Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment and Mental Health Treatment (DDCAT/ DDCMHT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI), among others.

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