Evaluation of Vancouver Coastal Health’s Assertive Community Treatment for Concurrent Disorders Program

CARMHA was contracted by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) to conduct an evaluation of the Assertive Community Treatment for Concurrent Disorders Team.  This evaluation consists of two main components: 

  • Interim (Process) Evaluation (completed)
  • Final (Outcome) Evaluation (December 31, 2012)

Assertive community treatment (ACT) is a community based team approach designed to provide psychiatric treatment, rehabilitation, and support to persons with serious and persistent mental illness.  It is an evidence based treatment that has been well researched and demonstrated to be cost-effectiveness and clinically effective.  ACT programs usually target individuals who have a history of not responded well to traditional outpatient mental health care and psychiatric rehabilitation services. 

VCH received Federal funding (through the federal Drug Treatment Funding Program) to create an ACT team targeting individuals with a complex mix of mental health, addiction, behavioural and social problems residing in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Individuals whose issues are at a point that they exceed the capacity of existing community and acute care programs to care for them are specifically targeted in this initiative. 

The evaluation component was concerned with the creation of the team, the operation of the team, and the outcomes associated with the interventions supplied by the team. 


Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
BC Ministry of Health
Health Canada


Evaluation component of the project is funded by VCH, using funds supplied by the BC Ministry of Health Services and Health Canada

Contact Info:

Please contact CARMHA for more information