Mission Story from St. Martin’s ACT Team
Jason came to the ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) team in April 2012 with an extensive arrest record. Jason was diagnosed with schizophrenia and had a history of stimulant and alcohol use. Jason had childhood leukemia. His biological mother passed away when he was 2 years old and his father and step-mother live in Albuquerque. They try to provide support to Jason, but at times the relationship is strained. Jason lived in hotels and various apartments, but had difficulty maintaining his stay due to his anger and established boundaries and rules. The ACT team struggled with building rapport and trust with Jason due to his unwillingness to accept his mental health diagnosis, medication non-compliance and not wanting to not be treated like a “patient.”
After working with the ACT Team for nearly four years, Jason has maintained secure housing in the same apartment complex, has had no recent encounters with law enforcement and has been agreeable to meeting with ACT on a consistent basis. Jason has also begun to find employment that will not conflict with his goal of finishing his Associates Degree in Communications. He is also taking acoustic/electric guitar classes and his latest grade is an “A”. Jason is planning on joining his father’s band this spring to tour and Jason is very excited about this opportunity. Jason has progressed due to the perseverance and patience of the ACT team and also because he has made a conscience effort to care for his mental health, maintain his sobriety and pursue his dreams.