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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Ohio's Successful Youth Incarceration Alternative Program
The 'status quo' can be a barrier to progress. Moving out of the comfort zone can promote innovation and generate outcomes. This is especially true when it comes to juvenile justice. Patrick Kanary, the Director of the Center for Innovative Practices, Begun Center for Violence Prevention, Case Western Reserve University shares Ohio's journey to juvenile justice reform. Read more

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Union County Redeploy Illinois grant funding increased to $311,000
An Illinois program that funds MST is getting additional money from the state. Union County's Redeploy Illinois will receive a boost of $72,000, bringing the total to $311,000. Read more

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How Multisystemic Therapy Empowers Families: A Therapist View
MST can be viewed from many perspectives-the offender's, his or her family, teachers, neighbors. Here is a therapist's take on how the nine principles of MST help to empower parents to regain control over their child's behavior and their child's life. Read more

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South Dakota Recognizes Flaws in Juvenile Justice System: Sees EBPs as the Answer
If you are an official in a state that ranks 46th in population, yet has the second-highest juvenile commitment rate in the United States, you know you have a problem. Such was the situation in South Dakota. Here's what officials are doing to rectify it. Read more