The Crisis and Transition Services (CATS) Model: A Program to Divert Youths in Mental Health Crisis From the Emergency Department [2020]

The Crisis and Transition Services (CATS) program is a novel approach to safely transitioning youths from the emergency department to outpatient care. The program provides intensive community-based support during the high-risk period after discharge from the emergency department. Preliminary results indicate that the CATS program is reaching youths in a short time frame, engaging families in comprehensive safety planning, connecting youths with ongoing outpatient services, and improving family confidence in navigating mental health crises.

Amanda Ribbers, M.S., David Sheridan, M.D., M.C.R, Ajit Jetmalani, M.D., Julie Magers, B.A., C.F.S.S., Amber Laurie Lin, M.S., Rebecca Marshall, M.D., M.P.H.
Psychiatric Services, 16 Sep 2020