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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
  • Medications
  • Mentoring
  • Case Management Services
  • Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Individual and Family Therapy
  • Advocacy
  • 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.

For Further Information

Please contact us at (850) 517-1203