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Forensic Assertive Community Treatment

Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT)

Pathways Vermont joined a unique partnership with the Vermont Department of Mental Health and the Department of Corrections in June of 2022 to start the FACT Team in Chittenden County.

The Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) team is an evidence-based forensic adaptation of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) with over 40 years of research and evaluation. FACT is recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to be a promising practice that blends criminogenic risk management, substance use and mental health management, with a focus on improving social determinants and health equity.


Individuals served in FY23 (July 2022 – June 2023)


Hours of Service In FY23 (July 2022 – June 2023)

Goals of the FACT Program

  • Reduce return to incarceration
  • Increase time spent in the community
  • Increase the time in-between returns to incarceration
  • Increase engagement in treatment/healthcare plan
  • Reduce utilization of crisis services and hospitalization
  • Improve social determinants

This Chittenden County Based team supports 40-60 individuals under the supervision of the Department of Corrections in collaboration with Burlington Probation and Parole to support clients from a harm/risk reduction approach towards substance use.

FACT Team staff helps to reduce the likelihood of individuals being incarcerated again, and increase productive, safe, and structured time in the community where they will be provided resources for housing, employment, and opportunities to build social connections.

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