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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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Diverting Juvenile Offenders Can Reduce Michigan's Prison Budget
Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder, on Monday delivered a sweeping special message on criminal justice in which he said the state can reduce its $2-billion prison budget partly by diverting offenders to treatment. The Governor acknowledged the work of the Livingston county juvenile justice system and its local MST program at Highfield, Inc. for already saving taxpayer dollars and young lives. Read more
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MST Therapist Helps Family Create Happy Home
In her own words, a mom from the U.K. tells how MST turned a dark, negative place into "happy house". Listen to her recording, or read the transcript. Read more
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Multisystemic Therapy Empowers Parents To Be The Solution
Too often parents feel they are to blame for their children's troublesome behavior. Yet parents hold the key to turning their children around. It stands to reason you can't turn them around if they are taken out of the home. The best wa to effect change is to bring it about in the natural environment where the problem occurs. At home, in school and in the community. Read more
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A Mom in Chile Struggles to find Work-Life Balance to Save her Son
This is the story of a teenager nicknamed "Ale," who spent long hours on the streets of Chile when no one was home. He is the son of a struggling mother who works long hours as a construction foreman. MST therapist Rocio Solar from LaGranja, Chile recounts her journey with this family and shares how she worked with the mom to regain her son--and her life. Read more