Outcomes Study

In January 2018, an OHSU team began evaluating CATS programs throughout Oregon. The team collects data from CATS providers about the families they serve and the services they provide. The team also calls families two months after CATS services end, to ask how the family’s child or adolescent is doing and to obtain feedback on the program. This information allows the study team to monitor how well CATS is working for youth and families, and develop recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority to improve CATS  and other mental health services in Oregon. 

Since the outcomes study began,  the CATS program has served over 1,500 youth and their families. Over 375 families have provided feedback, helping shape the CATS program and improve mental health care for youth in Oregon.

In addition to conducting the outcomes study, the OHSU team collaborates with the Oregon Health Authority to develop strategies for program improvement, provide technical assistance to statewide CATS partners, and participate in advocacy efforts related to youth crisis care and family support.

The CATS study team does not provide clinical care for CATS youth. If you have questions about a specific county's CATS program, please contact their community provider (link to program locations).

The OHSU team has facilitated workshops and presented their research at numerous local and national conferences, including:

  • The Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health (March 2018)
  • The Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (2019, 2020)
  • The Oregon Suicide Prevention Conference (2019)

The OHSU team has also published their research:

  • Ribbers A, Sheridan D, Jetmalani A, Magers J, Laurie Lin A, Marshall R. The Crisis and Transition Services (CATS) Model: A program to divert youths in mental health crisis from the emergency department [published online ahead of print, 16 September 2020]. Psychiatr Serv. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201900597
    • Appointments and titles

      • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, School of Medicine
    • Appointments and titles

      • Family Engagement & Support Specialist, Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, School of Medicine
      • Youth Crisis and Transition Services (CATS) Program Development and Technical Assistance, Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • Youth Suicide Prevention and Intervention
      • Trauma Healing
      • Family Support & Involvement
      • Safe transitions of care from acute crisis to long-term treatment and support
    • Appointments and titles

      • Research Associate, Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
      • Research Design
      • Program Development and Evaluation
      • Social Justice and Health Equity
      • Public Health and Policy
    • Appointments and titles

      • Research Assistant, Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, School of Medicine
    • Areas of interest

      • Child and Adolescents Mental Health Promotion
      • Youth's Mental Health Disparities Against POC and Communities
      • Suicide Prevention and Intervention
      • Emotional and Behavioral Outcomes
      • Child and Adolescents Mental Health Research

If you would like more information, please email the OHSU CATS team at CATSinfo@ohsu.edu

    • Appointments and titles

      • Professor of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, School of Medicine
      • Director, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
    • Expertise

      • Pediatrics
      • Psychiatry
      • Psychiatry (Child and Adolescent)
    • Appointments and titles

      • Biostatistician, Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine
      • Instructor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
    • David Sheridan, M.D.
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Co-Director, Innovative, Disruptive, Emerging Applications for Emergency Medicine
    • Appointments and titles

      • Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine
    • Expertise

      • Emergency Medicine
      • Pediatrics
      • Emergency Medicine (Pediatric)