Community Action Treatment (CAT)
The CAT Team is a team of mental health professionals who work 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, are eligible for CAT Team services. To be eligible, you must have had at least one of the following:
- Continuous treatments without success
- Recent history of psychiatric hospitalizations
- At risk of being placed in the Department of Juvenile Justice residential commitment program
- 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 the adult system with high treatment needs
The CAT Team provides a variety of benefits, including:
- Mental Health/Psychiatric Care
- Case Management Services
- Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment
- Individual and Family Therapy
- Community Resource Coordination
The Goals of the CAT Team
The CAT Team’s goals are to:
- Strengthen the family system, resulting in youth living at home and succeeding in their 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.