Community Action Team (CAT)

Phone number: 863.500.3780

Address: 1831 N. Crystal Lake Dr. Lakeland, FL 33801

Community Action Team (CAT) is a self-contained, multi-disciplinary clinical team that provides comprehensive, intensive community-based treatment to families with youth or young adults who are at risk of out of home placement due to a mental health or co-occurring substance abuse disorder and related complex issues.

CAT will provide family-centered, culturally competent services individualized according to the strengths and needs of each youth or young adult and his/her family with a goal of supporting and sustaining the youth or young adult in his/her family system, or the least restrictive and most clinically appropriate environment. Family commitment and participation are essential and expected for the success of the services.

CAT Services Provided and/or Coordinated include:

  • 24/7 On-Call Coverage/Support
  • Case Management
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Educational System Advocacy and Coordination
  • Employment/Vocational Services
  • Family Support Network Development
  • Legal System Advocacy and Coordination
  • Life Skills Development
  • Mentoring
  • Parenting Skills/Behavior Modification
  • Psychiatric (evaluation and medication management)
  • Respite Services
  • Therapy (individual, group, and family)

Length of Service is 6-9 Months

Eligibility Requirements

Individuals aged 11-21 with a mental health diagnosis or co-occurring substance abuse diagnosis with one or more of the following accompanying characteristics:

  • At risk for out-of-home placements demonstrated by repeated failures at less restrictive levels of care
  • At least two or more psychiatric hospitalizations
  • Involvement with the Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Multiple episodes involving law enforcement
  • Poor academic performance and/or suspensions

(Exceptions may be made for children under 11 if they meet two or more eligibility requirements.)

Additional Outpatient Info:

Peace River Center provides Outpatient Therapy services in a variety of locations across Polk, Hardee and Highlands County (see below). Services are offered for children and adults ages 0-99+ in the format of individual and/or group therapy. New clients can expect a therapist to take a detailed social history to help understand their current life situation. Therapists will also work with prospective clients to create an individualized treatment plan to determine a roadmap for personal change. Therapists may also refer clients to additional Peace River services such as Targeted Case Management, Psychiatric Evaluations, Adult Recovery Services and Child-Specific Services. Peace River Center believes in Evidence-Based Practice, treatments that pair clinical knowledge with rigorous research on efficacy, to help provide positive outcomes for our clients. PRC therapists offer over 20 Evidence-Based Practices. Contact our centralized access to care line today at (863) 248-3311, if you are interested in pursuing therapy.