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 changing landscape of children's mental health
The president and CEO of the Judge Baker Children's Center in Boston, Robert Franks, writes that evidence-based programs like Multisystemic Therapy should be used more widely in Massachusetts and Connecticut to provide children with the best chance for recovery and healthy development. Read the article.

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Probate Court sees success curbing juvenile delinquency
Midland County Michigan is an example of a system that continues to benefit from implementing the MST model, year after year. Probate Judge Doreen S. Allen speaks out about the county's experience, "Treating the whole family - parents, youth and siblings - has a qualitative and quantitative impact: youth are not entering the court system by committing crimes," Allen said. Read the article.

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What's all this brouhaha about evidence-based practice?
Evidence-based practice, evidence-informed practice, practice-based evidence...to the average Joe, these all sound so much the same that most folks just quit listening and do what is easiest. I am referring to how communities decide which services we deliver to children and families and how they determine whether something actually works, or more importantly, does not. If the information was clear and better options available, wouldn't most people choose what works and stop choosing what does not? Unfortunately, this is not necessarily the case. Read more on our MST Blog.