Matthias was referred to the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program when he was 15 years old after assaulting his mother and being placed on probation through the Family Behavioral Health Court. Matthias also struggled significantly with depressive symptoms, self-harm, and suicidal ideation.

When his team at Uplift Family Services first started meeting with him, he was experiencing monthly hospitalizations, engaging in verbal aggression, and missing school. In his first therapy sessions, Matthias was not willing to say much. However, throughout his time with ACT, his team was able to gain his trust, and he disclosed that he was a victim of abuse as a small child. Through individual therapy, substance abuse counseling, and family therapy, he reached stabilization and was able to successfully graduate from the program.

Today, he is a healthy adult, about to graduate high school, with plans to study psychology at a local community college.