Federation of Organizations was recently awarded a grant from the New York State Office of Mental Health to expand its Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) services to the North Fork of Long Island.
The new ACT Team, which was assembled in January 2018, is now providing services and will be able to care for 68 people in Suffolk County.
ACT Teams are mobile units of professionals that go to the streets, to shelters, or into homes to provide services to people diagnosed with severe mental illness whose needs have not been met by traditional service delivery approaches.
“Many lives will be improved, thanks to this grant which will enable Federation of Organizations to provide needed services to individuals with serious mental challenges on the North Fork of Long Island,” said Jason Vandewater, Director of Clinical Services, Federation of Organizations.
Previously, one ACT Team served both Forks of Long Island.
“The North Fork has been an underserved area,” Vandewater said. “For individuals with disabilities, there were transportation issues and a lack of appropriate healthcare services in the area. Our new ACT Team will greatly enhance services to the North Fork.”