The Crisis and Transition Services (CATS) program offers transitional mental health care to children and adolescents who have gone to an emergency department or crisis center with depression, suicidality or other mental health concerns.
If these youth could potentially return home but do not currently have mental health services and need a high level of support, they may be referred to CATS. This program provides short-term crisis support, brief therapy, and other services, as well as connections to long-term mental health services.
CATS services are currently offered at certain emergency departments and crisis centers in nine counties throughout Oregon (CATS map). Services offered vary by county, and may include safety planning, in-home visits for support and counseling, school support, family support with a trained family peer, psychiatric care, and 24 hour crisis support. The CATS team works with the family for 30-45 days, or until the youth and family are connected with appropriate outpatient mental health care and support.
OHSU is leading a study to track the clinical outcomes of youth who participate in CATS programs.
“We received immediate resources for counseling service providers that we need. Having someone come speak with us and make a safety plan in the ER was very comforting and helpful as I did not know how to help my child.”
“We are so grateful for this service. The whole experience was a big surprise for us and we wouldn’t have known what to do without them. [Clinician] and [Family Support Specialist] were both amazing. Such great guides for us and walked us through the steps and helped us figure out what do to help [youth].”
Crisis and Transition Services (CATS) is a state sponsored program, funded through Oregon Health Authority (OHA)
In addition to funding, OHA provides leadership, assistance, and program support.
Need Help Now?
If you are in crisis right now, seek help immediately or navigate to Resources for Families for additional Assistance.
Have a Question?
For more information about the CATS program, please email our team at CATSinfo@ohsu.edu
The OHSU CATS project is not a walk-in location and does not provide clinical services. Our team provides technical assistance to the CATS program throughout the state.