About the Program
• The CATR team is made up of licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical social workers, a child psychologist, and child psychiatrists.
• We partner with schools in West Texas and work collaboratively to effectively assess, refer, and treat students in grades 4-12 with mental health care needs.
• The CATR team is ready to accept referrals. We can be reached during the school year on Mondays-Fridays between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm (except on school holidays).
• Students and parents/guardians will be present at the school for all appointments. • A CATR team member will be physically present at the school to conduct or oversee the appointments. Exceptions may exist if a micro-closure occurs at the school. • Telemedicine will also be utilized, which allows students to meet remotely with medical providers as needed.
• Once a student is identified, the school counselor will contact the parent/guardian to inform them of the need for a referral and obtain signed authorization.
• Next, the school counselor will contact the CATR team with referral information. • The CATR team will lead coordination of services from there.
• “The goals of providing mental health assessment and mental health care in the school setting is to improve access, decrease stigma, decrease time away from school, improve community support, and improve outcomes as soon as possible so students can get back to the work of growing and developing into happy and successful citizens.” Sarah Mallard Wakefield, MD