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CART: Child-Adolescent Response Team

What is CART?

The Office of Mental Health has developed a new crisis response service – CART (Child-Adolescent Response Team). The mission of the program is to provide crisis counseling and intervention to children, youth, and their immediate family. CART assists the family in the stabilization of their crisis and provides the family with advocacy, referral, and support.

How Can CART Help?

The Child-Adolescent Response Team was designed to assist children and their parents during times of crisis by providing support for the family in their own resolution of the crisis.

A variety of services are available, and are personally tailored to suit your needs. CART services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Are You and Your Child in a Crisis?

  • Is your child’s behavior unmanageable?
  • Is your child threatening to hurt others?
  • Is your child threatening to hurt him/herself? 


» Your child must be under 18 years of age.

Who Can Make This Call?

  • Child
  • Parent
  • Neighbor
  • Teacher
  • Concerned Family Member
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Physician / Nurse
  • Any person believing a chid to be in crisis
  • Legal guardian must be in contact with CART to receive services

How to Obtain Services:

Services are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from your local Community Mental Health Center.

CART Regional Staff listing