Jacqueline was referred to the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team, a program of St. Martin’s. Following a series of psychiatric hospitalizations, she was highly emotionally unstable, and had essentially no coping skills to work with her experiences. When she came to ACT, she was near homeless, unable to maintain or pay for an apartment on her own, and had no income or benefits. It had been a good amount of time since she had spoken to her daughter. Over her six years with the St. Martin’s ACT team, Jacqueline has not been hospitalized a single time. She worked with staff to begin receiving benefits, progressed through supportive housing and got a housing voucher, and has maintained her residency at the same apartment for five years. Jacqueline has been able to re-establish her relationship with her daughter, and has been able to be a part of her granddaughter’s life as well.
Being a very skilled artist, Jacqueline is now exploring and developing her own artistic concepts and has been working to have her art accepted in galleries around the city. Jacqueline left our program for the best reason: she no longer needs our services. She is able to verbalize her coping skills, express her wants, needs and concerns, and although she was nervous about her discharge from the ACT program, has expressed to the ACT team several times the growing confidence in moving into her future.