CATS Program

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Service Name
Crisis and Transition Services (CATS)

The Crisis and Transition Services (CATS) program provides short-term, intensive outpatient mental health care to children and adolescents who have had a mental health crisis and presented to an emergency department or crisis center. Youth in CATS may struggle with depression, suicidality, self-harm, or other mental health concerns.

To access the CATS program, your child must have been seen in an emergency department or family crisis center in mental health crisis – generally, this means having suicidal or aggressive thoughts or behavior, or behavioral problems affecting the safety of the child, family or others. For some youth, CATS may be an appropriate alternative to long stays in an emergency department while waiting to be admitted to an inpatient psychiatric program. Learn More >

The CATS program serves youth up to age 20 who might otherwise meet criteria for psychiatric inpatient admission, yet are determined to be safe to return home with adequate support being in place.

Location of Service
Enrollment at the crisis location and other services provided where most convenient for the client including in-home, community, and at CHD.

Referral comes through the Mobile Crisis team after contact is made during an active crisis either through an emergency department, medical office, school, or through direct client contact with the Mobile Crisis unit/crisis line. The program is available to all youth under 21 regardless of insurance type, income, or current involvement with other services.

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