Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and

Intensive Case Management (ICM)

The Division is pleased to announce the award of two Permanent Supportive Housing grants to serve the Chronically Homeless population in Anchorage for the period of Jan. 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017.  
This was made possible through a one-time capital legislative appropriation targeted to serve this vulnerable population in the Municipality of Anchorage. The Division of Behavioral Health, through a thoughtful process, released a multi-component competitive solicitation in October of 2014 in order to meet the varying intensity of needs of the chronically homeless subpopulations (including the chronic inebriate subpopulation) and build Anchorage’s capacity to provide integrated community-based services through permanent supportive housing. The RFP solicited proposals for intensive treatment services using multi-disciplinary service teams  (full solicitation can be found here). 
Services were split into two categories based on intensity of services and the needs of the homeless population: Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and Intensive Case Management (ICM). Both service models are based on stable housing as the platform for recovery using the Housing First approach, which minimizes barriers to housing entry by not excluding an individual from services or housing based on sobriety; this ensures that individuals who are in the most need of services are prioritized. 
Conditions of award include the development of community stakeholder groups and active participation in a third-party evaluation through the UAA Justice Center. Primary outcomes include housing tenure, reduced recidivism, and reduced use of emergency services. Programs must begin accepting clients by July 1, 2015. National experts on Assertive Community Treatment and Housing First are on contract to assist in project success and adherence to fidelity standards. 
Detailed standards to guide implementation of both programs:

If you have any questions, please contact:
Beth Wilson, Social Services Program Officer
Phone: 907-269-3740