In 2014, a novel program was introduced to offer comprehensive, collaborative care that supports a youth and family in acute crisis. Policy makers, hospitals, county and community mental health agencies, family peer supports, and the education system have come together to improve the continuity of care from a youth’s ED visit to outpatient discharge. A youth who presents to an emergency department in acute crisis can be referred to the Crisis and Transition Services (CATS) program. These programs, present in seven counties, provide collaborative bridge care until the youth is connected with the appropriate level of outpatient support. The CATS team provides in-home visits, individual/family therapy, school support, safety planning and lethal means counseling, and 24 hour crisis support. The team works with the family for around 30 days, during which they ensure that the youth is warmly transitioned to long-term outpatient psychiatric and therapeutic care.
CATS programs in Oregon