Community Based Acute Treatment

The Community Based Acute Treatment (CBAT) program is a hospital diversion program that works with children ages 4-12. Referrals are made by emergency rooms, crisis teams, and inpatient psychiatric units. The purpose of this program is to provide a thorough diagnostic assessment of the child, stabilize the crisis behaviors, and work closely with the family to determine what is needed for the child to be successful in the community after discharge.

The program accepts children who have a range of diagnoses including but not limited to PTSD, ADHD, ASD, ODD, Depressive and Mood Disorders, and Adjustments Disorders, and offers very intensive clinical and psychiatric services in addition to advocacy for the children and families. All children are assigned a Master's level clinician who provides individual therapy four times per week and family therapy multiple times per week. Group therapy occurs daily as well and covers topics such as conflict resolution, positive self image, social skills, anger management, self-regulation, labeling emotions, and more. The family determines which goals need to be worked on in order to stabilize the child while the clinician writes those goals into the treatment plan.

The average length of stay is approximately 1-2 weeks depending on progress. During the child’s treatment, referrals are made to community based providers so that the families have supports in place immediately upon discharge.

Within our CBAT program, we also have a Transitional Care Unit (TCU), which children can be admitted to if they are stable but need some time to transition to the community. The insurance companies allow for an addition 30 days to transition when children meet medical necessity and are approved for this level of care. Children are then able to go out to school and do multiple overnight passes prior to officially being discharged home.

CBAT and TCU are funded through insurance companies. IHC accepts all MassHealth plans at this time.