Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is a highly effective community-based treatment model that helps adults with severe and persistent mental illness live their best life. ACT works with clients to become independent and integrate into the community as they experience recovery. The program follows a holistic approach, meaning that all areas of wellbeing become part of one’s treatment plan. Using a multi-disciplinary team, including psychiatry, ACT can help to reduce preventable outcomes of mental illness, such as homelessness and substance abuse.
Treatment plans are centered around a client’s own personal strengths, needs, and aspirations for the future. Comprehensive services offered by ACT can include planning and monitoring treatment, accompanying clients to doctor and dental appointments, assist with applications, money management, and teaching daily living skills, such as cooking, housekeeping, and finding transportation. The ACT team also incorporates other evidence-based interventions, including supported employment, co-occurring disorders treatment, and psychoeducation for clients and their families.
Our services are provided by highly skilled staff who have relatively small caseloads; so, they are able to provide long-term, continuous care in a personalized manner. Our services are customized to individual needs and staff is available to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
For more information, contact:
St. Cloud OfficeMonticello OfficeElk River Office
Phone: 320.253.4120 Phone: 763.271.5340Phone: 763.274.3500
Fax: 320.253.4179Fax:763.271.5350Fax: 763.274.1165
- St. Cloud – serves Stearns County and Sauk Rapids
- Monticello – serves Wright County
- Elk River – serves Sherburne and Benton Counties except Sauk Rapids
Acceptance into the program is made in a timely manner through a team decision-making process with input from the clinical supervisor and psychiatrist. The length of the waiting list also affects timing of acceptance into the program.
Meet Our Providers
Elk River Team
Rebecca Reichard – MSW, LICSW
Rebecca completed her master’s degree in social work from St. Cloud State University. Before joining the CMMHC team in 2008, Rebecca has worked primarily with adults in community based case management, ARMHS, vocational programs and residential settings. She currently serves as the Team Lead for the Elk River ACT team. Her areas of expertise are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) , Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solutions Focused Therapy, enhanced illness management and recovery, motivational interviewing and smoking cessation. Rebecca is a board attested licensing supervisor for the Minnesota Board of Social Work.
Kent Davis – MD
Kent completed his bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of North Dakota. He graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and completed his psychiatric residency at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Kent joined the CMMHC team in 1992 and works with the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program.
Marissa Stelzer, MA, LPCC
Marissa completed her master’s degree at Liberty University and holds licensure in professional clinical counseling. Previously, Marissa works in Children’s Therapeutic Support Services (CTSS) for another agency, prior to CMMHC. It was through that role that Marissa gained experience working with children and families, developed strong case management skills, and developed strong partnerships with referral sources. Marissa’s role with CMMHC is a therapist for the Elk River ACT team. Her expertise is in DBT, CBT, CBT for psychosis, ElMR, trauma informed care, and crisis de-escalation.
Jamie Sunnarborg – LICSM, LADC
Jamie completed her master’s degree in social work and her post baccalaureate certificate in addiction studies from the University of Minnesota. She is an independent Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Prior to joining the CMMHC team, Jamie was a county case manager and worked in an intensive outpatient program. She is currently a Therapist on the Elk River ACT team. Her areas of expertise are trauma informed care, integrative approach, crisis de-escalation Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) , Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and EIMR.
Lance Johnson – MA
Lance completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in public health and his master’s degree in community counseling from St. Cloud State University. Prior to joining the ACT team, Lance gained experience working with diverse populations in various roles at St. Cloud Hospital, CMMHC, Village Family Service Center and Village Ranch. He currently serves as the Team Lead with the Monticello Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team. He has provided therapeutic services to individuals of varying ages struggling with mental health issues as well as addiction. Through his work and experience, Lance has developed strong skills related to trauma informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), choice theory and Reality Therapy.
Walter Rush – MD
Walter received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School in 1997 and completed his Psychiatric Residency Training at Dartmouth in 2003. He has ten years’ experience with Assertive Community Treatment (ACT). Dr. Rush is on the American Association of Community Psychiatrists Board of Directors.
Kelly Zwick – MS
Kelly completed her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from St. Cloud State University. She is in training to be a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Before joining the CMMHC team, she was a Speech and Language Pathologist. Her areas of expertise include whole body wellness, trauma informed care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and an integrated approach.
St. Cloud Team
Catherine LaGow – MS, LP
Catherine completed a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Minnesota, a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and her master’s degree in community counseling from St. Cloud State University. Before joining the CMMHC team, Catherine was employed as a Language Arts teacher at Technical High School in St. Cloud. She became a licensed psychologist in 1987 and has held many positions at CMMHC. She currently serves as Team Lead with the St. Cloud Assertive Community Treatment (ACT). Her areas of expertise and special interest are providing advocacy, resources and clinical services to individuals with serious and persistent mental health issue.
Ashley L. Anderson – MSW, LICSW
Ashley completed her bachelor’s degree in social work and her master’s degree in social work from St. Cloud State University. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Ashley joined the CMMHC team in 2012 where she is currently the Assistant Team Lead. She is also a board attested licensing supervisor for the Minnesota Board of Social Work. Ashley’s areas of expertise are psychosis, community mental health treatment and clinical supervision.
Shannon Bogenschutz – MS, LPCC
Shannon completed her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from St. Cloud State University. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Shannon joined the CMMHC team in 2013. She has been part of our Crisis Services team and is currently part of our St. Cloud ACT team. Her areas of expertise include severe and persistent mental illness and crisis intervention.