Mobile health unit to focus on reaching out to vulnerable mental health patients
Fraser Health has expanded its mobile health program to New Westminster after the program was proved successful in Surrey in 2012.
The Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) supports adults suffering from mental illnesses in the region through special outreach programs.
The program is funded with a $2-million-a-year investment from Fraser Health.
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An ACT team, comprising a team coordinator, a psychiatrist and 10 health professionals, will be able to deliver most of its services at the place where a patient needs them the most.
The program was initially launched in Surrey last February.
It was after “seeing tremendous outcomes” that Fraser Health decided to go for an expansion.
“By tracking the results from our first ACT team in Surrey, we can see, first hand, that ACT not only has a positive impact on lives, but it also decreases Emergency Department visits and lengthy hospital stays,” said Fraser Health executive director Andy Libbiter.