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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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The Real Cost of Treating Juvenile Offenders
Evidence-based treatments such as MST have higher short-term costs than traditional services. But the long-term savings more than make up for that. Pay now or pay later is the question. Read more
 
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Kentucky Police Officer Handcuffs 8-Year-Old, Stirs Outrage
A third-grader is handcuffed by a sherrif's deputy for unruly behavior. There has to be a better way to handle problem kids, and MST offers it. Read more
 
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Sweden Study Shows Implementation of MST Improves Over Time
A Swedish study examined how the experience of MST teams affected adherence and outcomes. The results might surprise you. Read more
 
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6 Ways to Protect  Your Child from Harmful Social-Media and Drug Trends
Chances are our kids are big into social media where they pick up the latest trends like Put 'Em in a Coffin and new drug crazes. Here are useful strategies and resources that will go a long way in keeping children safe. Read more.