Helping clients help themselves... The roots of ACT lie in the self-help, mutual support system of clients diagnosed with mental illness.

ACT was incorporated in 1956 to sponsor the client-managed “Fireside Friendship Club” for persons recovering from mental illness.This group is a therapeutic, social club that works to establish a firm foundation for everyday life.

ACT has earned a strong reputation of intervention, innovation, and therapy. Today ACT carries on its grass-root beginnings as a local, non-profit community service agency focusing on the mental health needs of Santa Clara County.

ACT has diversified, and its mental health services now extend to individual, family and group therapy. We also developed a focus on parent/child reunification, child trauma, and healing families separated by substance abuse, mental illness or neglect. Self-help and mental health education groups supplement traditional individual therapies.