Evaluation of Washington State’s Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT)

Joseph P. Morrissey, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Gary S. Cuddeback, Ph.D., Co-Investigator
Marisa E. Domino, Ph.D., Co-Investigator

Recent Publications

The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with Joseph Morrissey as Responsible Investigator, will carry out a cost-effectiveness evaluation of Washington State’s Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) initiative. PACT is an evidence-based practice designed to promote community functioning and to avoid psychiatric hospitalizations for persons with severe mental illness.

Beginning in 2007, Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services’ Mental Health Division developed 10 recovery-oriented PACT teams with provider agencies located in urban and rural areas across the state. The intent of this evaluation project is to conduct an assessment of the costs and effectiveness of recovery-oriented PACT in promoting community living, reducing hospitalizations, and reducing criminal justice involvement among persons with severe mental illness. The evaluation will rely principally on administrative data, which will be supplemented with information from PACT staff and consumer interviews and other sources about the structure and functioning of the PACT teams and the personal recovery and satisfaction of PACT‐enrolled consumers.