Community Action Treatment (CAT) Team
CAT is a team of mental health professionals [psychiatrist or nurse practitioners, nurses, clinicians, case managers, and mentors] working together with families to provide treatment that promotes family wellness, stability, and participation with social services agencies. CAT provides 24-hour on call family support. Therapeutic services focus on parenting skills, behavior modification and social skills development. Services are community-based, with most occurring in the home and school.
Who is Eligible?
Residents of Okaloosa Area ages 11-21
Must have had at least one of the following:
- continuous treatments without success
- recent history of psychiatric hospitalizations
- at risk of alternative school placement or dropping out of school
- returning from a residential treatment facility to home
- in foster care, but working toward reunification or adoption
- at risk of being placed in Department of Juvenile Justice residential commitment program
- aging out of children’s mental health services and transitioning into adult system with high treatment needs
- Mental Health/ Psychiatric Care
- Case Management Services
- Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment
- Individual and Family Therapy
- Community Resource Coordination
What are the goals of the Mobile Community Action Team?
- Strengthen the family system, resulting in youth living at home and being successful in their own community.
- Improve school related outcomes such as attendance, grades and graduation rates.
- Decrease substance use & abuse.
- Decrease out of home placements.
- Transition into age appropriate services.
- Promote family wellness.
- Decrease psychiatric hospitalizations.