Michelle Salyers

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The ACT Center has been working since 2001 to conduct research and provide training and consultation that supports recovery in adults with severe mental illnesses. Some of the models of care include Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) programs, which seek to enhance services that support people with mental illness to lead productive lives in their own communities rather than accessing jail, homeless shelters and more costly medical care.

The ACT Center began as a collaboration of the Department of Psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Adult & Child Mental Health Center of Indianapolis. The ACT Center partnership has grown to include a number of other schools on campus, researchers at other universities, and a variety of clinical settings including the Roudebush VA, Four County Counseling Center, and Midtown Mental Health Center. ACT Center collaborators include researchers, clinicians, consultants, educators, consumers, and family members.

The ACT Center has federal funding from a variety of sources, including NIH, PCORI, SAMHSA, and VA. The ACT Center is also an IUPUI designated Signature Center through the School of Science. In addition to research and training, the ACT Center also informs policy makers about methods for funding services that seek to help consumers utilize less costly services and lead productive lives. This translational research exemplifies taking many years of research findings and incorporating models into everyday practice that has a direct impact on people with mental illness and the communities in which they live.

Professor Salyers' work with the ACT Center is yet another way IUPUI faculty are TRANSLATING their RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE.