BUFFALO, NEW YORK— Child and Adolescent Treatment Services (CATS), a local not-for profit provider of professional mental health treatment for children and families, and Lake Shore Behavioral Health, a comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation service provider for adult individuals with mental health and addictive disorders, announced today the creation of a formal affiliation. This formal affiliation will allow each organization to remain true to its individual mission while increasing efficiency, improving access and offering better integrated care to individuals and families. The goal of this formal affiliation is to make better use of limited financial resources, provide high quality services and be prepared for opportunities that may arrive in the future healthcare environment. .
“Child and Adolescent Treatment Services is very excited to work with Lake Shore Behavioral Health to offer a comprehensive set of behavioral health services to people of all ages. This formal affiliation will produce improved quality, cost efficiencies and will protect a crucial safety net for individuals in our community who are challenged by behavioral health conditions,” said Bonnie Glazer, President, Child and Adolescent Treatment Services. ” In this economic climate, when resources are scarce, it makes perfect sense that two organizations with a shared goal of effectively treating mental health conditions, should find a way to work together to ensure that more of the available funding can be dedicated to direct program delivery and achieving positive outcomes for the people we serve.”
“Lake Shore Behavioral Health looks forward to our formal affiliation with CATS as it will afford us the opportunity to more effectively meet the behavioral health needs of individuals and families in our community. Child and Adolescent Treatment Services and Lake Shore Behavioral Health have always offered complementary services and this new affiliation will allow us to better provide a full continuum of care for people of all ages.” stated Howard Hitzel, PsyD.MPA, President, Lake Shore Behavioral Health.
The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County has awarded the maximum authorized amount of $50,000 000 in financial support for the formal affiliation to help defray transactional expenses including legal and accounting services. Michael Weiner, United Way President, said, “We are proud to offer this support to these two valued organizations, which are setting a community example of large, thriving nonprofits changing the future for the benefit of their clients by taking this significant step to reduce costs while increasing services.”
About Child and Adolescent Treatment Services (CATS)
Child and Adolescent Treatment Services, a not-for-profit organization, helps more than 2,500 Western New York children and their families each year. Since 1937, the multi-disciplinary mental health professionals have provided specialized programs for children with emotional disorders, victims of physical and sexual abuse, suicide and violence prevention as well as guidance for parents.
About Lake Shore Behavioral Health
Lake Shore Behavioral Health, Inc. provides a comprehensive array of treatment and rehabilitation services to promote self-sufficiency, wellness and recovery, and an enhanced quality of life for individuals with mental health and addictive disorders. For more than 40 years, Lake Shore has built its reputation as an exceptional provider of mental health and substance abuse services at licensed locations throughout Erie County. Lake Shore Behavioral Health, Inc. was incorporated as a 501 (c )(3) nonprofit corporation in 1972.