At any given time, over five percent of the adult population in the U.S. will experience a mental illness so pressing it will interfere with their ability to function.

What is Serious Mental Illness?

Serious mental illnesses are medical conditions that affect a person’s thoughts, feelings, dispositions, and capabilities to relate to others and function on a daily basis. They are not the result of individual weakness, insufficient character, or underprivileged upbringing, but a medical condition affecting the brain and impairing a person’s social, emotional, and cognitive function. Fortunately, treatment of serious mental illnesses at this degree is entirely possible, and most battling a serious mental illness can find liberation from their symptoms with a professionally led treatment plan.

Eligibility for Assertive Community Treatment/Case Management Services

Individuals must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for services. The individual’s serious emotional, behavioral, or psychological disorder has resulted in at least one of the following:

  • Psychiatric treatment of serious mental illness more intensive than outpatient care and more than once in a lifetime (e.g., emergency services, alternative residential living, or inpatient hospitalization)
  • A single episode of psychiatric hospitalization with an Axis I and/or Axis II diagnosis
  • Psychotropic medication maintained for at least one year
  • Frequent crisis contacts with a mental health center for more than six months as a result of a persistent psychiatric illness
Common Treatment Areas
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Cognitive Disorder
  • Major Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Personality Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia

What’s Next?
Don’t let serious mental illness become the defining factor in your life or in the life of someone you love. Contact West River Mental Health to begin the road toward positive possible change. Referrals and inquiries are handled by our reception staff—they can be reached by calling the office nearest you.

Services available at West River Mental Health for all of our programs listed below may include psychiatric medication management, individual therapy, co-occurring and chemical dependency services, family support and education, advocacy and education about community resources, multiple group opportunities, and education and support on activities of daily living.

Assertive Community Treatment

Assertive Community Treatment services are aimed at helping people with a severe mental illness to live successfully in the community. The program is committed to assisting individuals 18 years and older, with a mental illness in reaching their highest possible level of achievement and satisfaction through a comprehensive range of treatment.
This program stresses outreach to clients and the provision of services according to the individual client’s needs. Each client is assigned a case manager who, with the active participation of the client, designs an individualized treatment plan outlining the various services which will be provided to reach individualized treatment goals. Examples of services provided are:
  • Case Management
  • Medication Management/Support
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Linkage to appropriate community services
  • Educational Groups