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CAT Team is a ‘Hospital without Walls’ that Helps Restore Families

Pensacola, Fla. (Feb. 24 2016) – Lakeview Center's Community Action Team (CAT) is well under way after receiving the funds to jump start the program in late 2015. CAT is a multi-systemic approach to treatment for children ages 8 to 17 and their families. It provides the same types of services found at an acute mental health unit or hospital, but most often in the home.

The goal of CAT is to keep the family unit together and functioning well. CAT provides medical, social, educational and other mental health services.

“There are usually a multitude of problems within the home that contribute to a child’s mental health state, including mental illness and physical health problems of the parents,” said Bradley Lord, Psy.D., and director at Lakeview Center’s Children Services Center. “By addressing the needs of the parents and siblings we are able to reduce stress within the home, better stabilize the environment and contribute to a better long-term outcome.”

CAT is comprised of therapists, case managers, behavior technicians, and nurses to meet the needs of children in crises and their families. A therapist is on call 24 hours a day seven days a week.

For more information about the program, call 850.469.3500 and ask for Clinical Manager Beth Retzer or a member of the CAT team.



An affiliate of Baptist Health Care, Lakeview Center Inc. is a network of behavioral health, vocational and child protective services. These services address a broad spectrum of human needs, reflecting a longstanding commitment to helping people overcome life's challenges.

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