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What is Multisystemic Therapy?

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive family- and community-based treatment program that focuses on addressing all environmental systems that impact chronic and violent juvenile offenders -- their homes and families, schools and teachers, neighborhoods and friends. MST recognizes that each system plays a critical role in a youth's world and each system requires attention when effective change is needed to improve the quality of life for youth and their families. MST works with the toughest offenders ages 12 through 17 who have a very long history of arrests. Learn more about MST.

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Multisystemic therapy is a top program for juvenile offenders
The MST Institute collected impressive data for 12,127 families that received standard MST in 2013 showed that at the time of discharge, 89 percent of the youths were still at home, 84 percent were in school or working and 85 percent had avoided re-arrest during treatment. Read more
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South Dakota, West Virginia reform juvenile justice system
After studying their juvenile-justice systems, South Dakota and West Virginia recently passed reform legislation. It is estimated West Virginia will save $20 million over five years. South Dakota will spend $3 million a year on evidence-based interventions, like Multisystemic Therapy and Functional Family Therapy, to bring down the number of out-of-home placements. Read more
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Multisystemic Therapy helps troubled youth with family therapy
The MST therapist was faced with a formidable problem - a 16-year-old boy who hated school from an early age and did everything he could from attending. His behavior was out of control, and the family was ready to put him in out-of-home placement. Then the therapist found the needle in the haystack. Read more
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Social Impact Bonds Help MST Make Impact in U.K.
Essex County, England, has found a way to fund MST: Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). SIBs raise money for social interventions. If the interventions lower municipal costs, investors get their money bacck plus a return. Read more.