In our special article (pp. 439–441, this issue) we have described the structure and function of a 24–hour crisis assessment and treatment team (CATT). Comprehensive, accessible, specialist, out of hours crisis services designed to facilitate community treatment are not new in the UK but they are not currently widespread. Services employing the CATT model have become widespread in Australasia and are considered to be a success there. In this paper we discuss some of the advantages of CATTs and some possible reasons why they are not more commonly employed in the UK.
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