“Thank you to everyone at Rimrock Foundation. You saved my life.”

Eliza R.

PACT

PACT Team

Programs of Assertive Community Treatment

Programs of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) is a multidisciplinary team at Rimrock providing community-based psychiatric treatment for adults with mental illness and, at times, co-occurring concerns such as substance use disorders, homelessness, or involvement with the judicial system.


What is Serious Mental Illness (SMI)?

Serious Mental Illnesses are long-term illnesses that have substantial impacts on a person’s health, wellbeing and quality of life. Serious mental illnesses include psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, major depression, anxiety disorders, and personality disorders. These illnesses often lead to an inability to maintain a job and healthy social connections and can lead to psychiatric hospitalizations, homelessness, incarceration, and coexisting substance use disorders.


What comes first: substance abuse or the mental health problem?

Substance abuse and mental health disorders are closely linked even though one doesn’t necessarily directly cause the other. Abusing substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine can cause prolonged psychotic reactions, while alcohol can make depression and anxiety symptoms worse. People often abuse alcohol or drugs to ease the symptoms of an undiagnosed mental disorder, to cope with difficult emotions, or to temporarily change their mood. If you are at risk for a mental health issue, abusing alcohol or drugs may increase these underlying risks for developing a mental disorder. Alcohol and drug abuse can make symptoms of a mental health problem worse or even trigger new symptoms. Abuse of alcohol or drugs can also interact with medications such as antidepressants, anxiety medications, and mood stabilizers, making them less effective at managing symptoms and delaying your recovery.


How is Rimrock Working to Help Those Struggling Address Their Serious Mental Illness?

Rimrock has a long history of providing integrated care for patients with substance use and addiction disorders that are compounded by mental illness. Our interdisciplinary treatment team includes a broad range of disciplines inclusive of psychiatry to treat these patients.


How can the PACT team help people facing mental illness?

The PACT team provide the following programs and services:

  • Mental health counseling & education
  • Crisis intervention services
  • Substance use treatment & education
  • Rehabilitative services
  • Individual, group & family therapy
  • Medication management
  • General life skills support & training
  • Help finding safe, stable & affordable housing
  • Employment support such as finding & keeping a job
  • Help managing finances

How can I reach out for help from Rimrock and the PACT team?

To make an appointment or learn more, call 406-248-3175. You can also reach Rimrock 24/7 by calling 800-227-3953 or by completing our online request form.


PACT PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY

Information for our community partners and healthcare providers.

PACT Program Philosophy