Forensic Assertive Community Treatment: Recidivism, hospitalization, and the role of housing and support

Brian L. Kelly, Stacey L. Barrenger, Amy C. Watson, Beth Angell

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While Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is considered an evidence-based service model, there is limited evidence regarding the effectiveness of an adaptation of the model, Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT), for persons with serious mental illness who also have significant criminal justice system involvement. Using a multimethod approach, this article combines quantitative and qualitative data to review baseline information and nine-month follow-up recidivism, hospitalization, and housing outcomes for individuals enrolled in a FACT program. Findings suggest substance use, housing, and FACT team members’ support played an important role in clients’ prison reentry experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)567-587
Number of pages21
JournalSocial Work in Mental Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 3 2017



  • Forensic Assertive Community Treatment
  • housing
  • substance use
  • support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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