Personal Assistance in Community Existence (PACE): An Alternative to PACT
Department of Psychiatry
Medical Subject Headings
Mental Health; Rehabilitation; Self-Help Groups
Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry and Psychology
Personal Assistance in Community Existence (PACE) is the National Empowerment Center's new approach to assisting people to fully recover from mental illness at their own pace. PACE is based on the principles of the empowerment model of recovery: self-determination, being believed in, a belief in full recovery, trust, respect, and noncoercion. PACE is proposed as an alternative to PACT (Program in Assertive Community Treatment) whose emphasis on the medical model of coercion and lifetime illness interferes with recovery and prevents most consumer/survivors from seeking services.