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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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End the Year with a Month Full of Kindness 
On Thanksgiving, Alesandra Longo is grateful for the MST families she works with; she gives thanks to them and the opportunity to serve them. Read more
 
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Giving Thanks to MST Families 
Prisons are prisons no matter the euphemism used to cloak what they are. Solitary confinement by any other name still has deleterious effects on the youth who are subjected to it. It’s time to alter the juvenile-prison system and end the barbarism of solitary confinement. Read more
 
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MST-EA for Young People Aging out of the Juvenile Justice System
Pete was a troubled 17-year-old too old for family services, too young to be treated as an adult. Then he found Multisystemic Therapy for Emerging Adults (MST-EA). Read more.
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The End of Youth Prisons 
The Future of Youth Justice report urges eliminating youth prisons and replacing them with community-based and evidence-based programs. Read more