Community Action Team (CAT)
Program Description: CAT provides intensive community and home-based treatment in the family’s natural environment so that children can remain safely in the home and out of placement. Crisis intervention services are available 24-hours/day, as needed.
Services are provided to families with youth, ages 11 – 21 years of age with a mental health or co-occurring substance abuse diagnosis, for whom less intensive services have been inadequate, and one or more youth are at-risk for an out-of-home placement. A child may have experienced multiple hospitalizations, involvement with the Juvenile Justice system, or poor academic performance or school suspensions. The focus of the Community Action Team is to provide the intervention and support services necessary to successfully maintain each child in his or her home. All interventions, care, and support services are provided in a context that is child-centered, family-focused, strength based, culturally competent and responsive to each child’s psychosocial, developmental, and treatment care needs.
Experienced Mentor or Parent Aide preferred. Minimum H.S. diploma or GED and 1 year experience working with children with a mental health or substance abuse diagnosis and providing in-home services to children who are at risk for out-of-home placement. Formal graining in Parenting preferred.
Must possess a clean driving record and pass background screening.
Duties and Responsibilities
Serve as part of an integrated multi-discipline team providing supportive and educational in-home services to families at-risk for out of home placement. Mentors are parent aides and provide intensive support, information, and modeling of effective parenting. Services are family centered and focus on child safety, problem-solving skills, parenting skills, and social support.