The Queensland Homeless Health Outreach Teams: Do they use the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model?

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Title The Queensland Homeless Health Outreach Teams: Do they use the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model?
Author Lloyd, Christine Avonia; Bassett, Hazel; King, Robert
Journal Name Advances in Mental Health
Editor Graham Meadows
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Australia
Publisher eContent Management Pty Ltd
Abstract As a response to homelessness and its relationship with mental health problems, Queensland established homeless health outreach teams. These teams were designed to provide assertive outreach to homeless people by specialist mental health practitioners. The aim of this research was to determine to what extent these teams operate within an established framework for effective assertive outreach. A secondary aim was to determine the validity of an existing fidelity measure in evaluation of homeless outreach services. The Dartmouth Assertive Community Treatment Scale (DACTS) was administered to the five Queensland Homeless Health Outreach Teams (HHOT). It was found that the teams operated in the middle range on the fidelity measure with higher fidelity in human services and services than in organizational boundaries. Overall, the larger, more metropolitan teams appeared to achieve higher fidelity than the smaller more rural teams. Low fidelity scores can, in part, be attributed to weak validity of some DACTS items in relation to homeless outreach services as provided by Queensland HHOT services and recommendations are made for revision of the instrument to make it more suitable for use with these teams.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.5172/jamh.9.2.130
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 e-Content Management Pty Ltd. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 9
Issue Number 2
Page from 130
Page to 137
ISSN 1837-4905
Date Accessioned 2011-04-27
Language en_AU
Research Centre Behavioural Basis of Health
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology; Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/39724
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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