During the COVID-19 crisis, the Family & Children’s Services PACT (Programs for Assertive Community Treatment) team continues to provide lifesaving community/home–based care to the severely mentally ill population.
Each day, the team goes above and beyond to deliver medication, food, technology (phones and iPads) and telehealth services. These services are imperative to ensure the stabilization of clients in order to avoid psychiatric hospitalization. Many clients depend on PACT as their lifeline for mental health care and resources.
Traditionally, F&CS’s PACT Teams provide community-based, mental health care for Tulsans experiencing serious mental illness, so much so that it interferes with their ability to live in the community, attend appointments and manage mental health symptoms without medication. The Teams maintain the highest standard of care, which sometimes requires them to spend time away from their families.
During this time of social isolation, meeting the needs of the vulnerable population PACT serves, all F&CS PACT employees – leadership, therapists, case managers, nurses, prescribers, Recovery Support Specialists, program assistants and van drivers (our medication runners at the Sarah and John Graves location) – have found new ways to join forces and make this community-based job a community based/home–based job.
Without PACT, many F&CS clients would be deprived of the basic resources and critical mental health care.