The Ontario ACT Association (OAA) is a voluntary organization of Assertive Community Treatment Teams (ACT), whose purpose is to help identify, develop and advocate for the collective interests of ACT Teams in the Province of Ontario.
The OAA works in partnership with its members to promote Best Practices in ACT services following current research, literature and ACT standards by:
- Facilitating networking and communication between ACT Teams
- Creating opportunities to share information about “Best Practices” developed within and between teams
- Providing forums for education
- Supporting and promoting research
- Regional representation
- Fidelity to the ACT Model
- Adherence to the Ontario Human Rights Code and Charter of Rights and Freedom
In 2002 Stuart Goldman from the North York General Hospital ACTT , Brian Davidson from the MOHLTC, Bob Wales (Leader of numerous ACT Teams, former Chair of TAP) and Dr. Ian Musgrave (Former co-chair of ACT Ontario and ACTT physician leader) with the support of the Technical Advisory panel for ACTT, ACT Ontario and the MOHLTC had discussions about forming an association to assist in the ongoing funding of the bi-annual ACTT conference. Subsequently, Stuart and Louis Renaud (former Team Leader of Monfort ACTT) initiated province-wide discussions pertaining to the creation of an Ontario ACTT Association. During that time both an email communication group was set up and a membership survey undertaken that demonstrated significant interest in the development of an Ontario Association for Assertive Community Treatment Teams. Stuart was the OAA President from 2002-2010 at which time the reins were passed to Mark Coupal who was one of the previous OAA Vice-Presidents.
A survey of Team Leaders found the most important issues for members was to help fund (with seed money), promote and assist in coordinating the bi-annual Provincial ACT Conference, develop a website and provide educational opportunities for members.
We are always looking to find interested and committed people to join the Executive so please consider getting involved!