Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Easter Seals UCP Launches Adult Mental Health Treatment Services in Mecklenburg County

Easter Seals UCP, a leading provider of services for people managing
disabilities and mental health challenges, has just launched an
Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT) to serve adult mental health
needs in Mecklenburg County. This is the nonprofits first adult
mental health service for Mecklenburg County, but marks their 14th
ACTT team in North Carolina allowing the organization to offer the
most complete mental health coverage across the state.

Easter Seals UCP's ACTT is a full spectrum, long-term community-based
treatment model for adults with severe and persistent mental needs
that have not been adequately treated by more traditional treatments.
The team consists of a team leader, psychiatrist, nurse, therapist,
vocational specialist, substance abuse specialist and housing
specialist to help manage each individual's treatment plan. The goal
is to help individuals manage their mental health challenges and live
more self-sufficient lives.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, mental health
problems affect one in five American families. In Mecklenburg County,
despite growing mental health needs, state funding cuts have caused
many mental health service providers to shutter.

"Mental health disorders account for four out of ten leading causes of
disability," said Willie Walker, Easter Seals UCP's adult mental
health manager for Mecklenburg County. "ACTT provides a team of
experts approach to address the identified needs of an individual with
persistent mental health issues that require intensive interventions
to remain stable in the community. This sets us apart from other
mental health service providers and improves patient outcomes."

The typical outcomes found in individuals served by Easter Seals UCP's
ACTT are fewer hospitalizations, stable housing, effective medication
management, gains in educational and vocational goals and an improved
support system.

For more information on Easter Seals UCP's ACTT services, visit or call (704) 333-8220 x1521.

About Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia
Headquartered in Raleigh, NC with programs and services throughout
North Carolina and Virginia, Easter Seals UCP is a lifelong partner to
families managing disabilities and mental health challenges. The
nonprofit serves more than 20,000 individuals and their families
annually through an array of services. Easter Seals UCP enhances the
quality of life for individuals and maximizes their potential for
engaging in their communities. For more information on Easter Seals
UCP North Carolina & Virginia, please visit