Special Encore Presentation: Assertive Community Treatment is a proven alternative to inpatient care with guest Judy Magnon
March 11, 2013
Hosted by Mary Woods
Assertive Community Treatment is an Evidence Based Practice that supports individuals’ recovery in their community. ACT is a service-delivery model that is a multidisciplinary team approach that assumes responsibility for directly providing acute, active, and ongoing community-based substance abuse/psychiatric treatment, assertive outreach, rehabilitation, and support. The team provides clinical services to individuals to maximize their recovery and ensure consumer-directed goal setting. The ACT team assists the persons served to gain hope, a sense of empowerment, and provides assistance in helping individuals become respected and valued members of their community. The program provides psychosocial and vocational services directed primarily to adults with severe and persistent mental illness who have co-occurring substance abuse. The ACT team provides these necessary services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
One Hour AT A Time
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Recovery, whether it is from substance abuse or a mental illness, or both requires a treatment plan, which in many cases is as effective as treatments for other chronic illnesses. “One Hour AT A Time” will increase awareness about recovery and decrease the discrimination against individuals in the recovery process. Host Mary Woods, will help people understand the recovery of adults and families living with co-occurring substance use disorders and psychotic and/or affective illness over the course of a lifetime. Helping individuals develop the skills and knowledge they need to take personal responsibility for their health and supporting individuals in their efforts to get on with life beyond illness has been Mary’s mission and she now brings that mission to the airwaves.
Mary is the CEO of WestBridge Community Services. She is also a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor with more than 25 years experience in substance abuse services and community mental health programs. Mary has conducted extensive workshops and trainings with a primary focus in Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change Theory and Integrated Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders. She is also a contributor to the development of the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment Practitioners and Clinical Supervisors Workbook and Practice Demonstration Video. Mary was the Chairperson of the NH State Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professionals. She has been a member of the NH Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor’s Association since 1984, and has served as the Northeast Regional Vice President for the NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals, President of NAADAC and is currently past president of NAADAC.