|(Bradenton, FL)…Manatee Glens has opened the first Regional Children’s Community Action Treatment (CAT) Team office in Sarasota. The Regional CAT Team offers help for families with children ages 11 to 21 who are struggling to manage a mental health and/or addiction concern. The facility is located in an office complex at 4010 Sawyer Road in Sarasota. It will serve families from Sarasota, Manatee and Desoto counties.
The team provides individualized solutions to meet the behavioral health needs of young people. The comprehensive approach offers 24/7 crisis intervention, intensive counseling, mentoring, tutoring and psychiatric nursing services in the home, school and community.
“We thank families who have trusted us with the care of their children, and we also thank the State Legislature who believed in this program and funded it,” said Manatee Glens President/CEO Mary Ruiz at the Ribbon Cutting on October 25, 2013.
Representative Matt Hudson, of District 80 who chairs the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, attended the Ribbon Cutting and Open House. He said he was impressed with the CAT Team’s significant results and ability to change lives within a limited budget. The legislature selected nine locations—including Sarasota— that most needed these services and is opening similar offices there.
“Our role is to get the children and families to the point that they no longer depend on these services,” explained Ann Burke, Manatee Glens’ Clinical Manager for Children’s Intensive Services. “We empower them with coping skills and connect them with other systems in the community.” Most children are in the program for six to nine months.
For information on the CAT Team or other services of Manatee Glens, call 941-782-4150.
Reporters who wish to schedule an interview with President/CEO Mary Ruiz, please call 941-782-4320 or e-mail Sondra.firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on Manatee Glens visit www.manateeglens.org.
Photo: Rep. Matt Hudson and Mary Ruiz, Manatee Glens President & CEO