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A Michigan Success Story


The 2009 Annual report provides survey results in Midland County, Michigan from 2006-2009 where delinquency rates declined more than 70 percent. The report examines how evidence-based programs helped the county build healthier families, reduce recidivism, and saved almost $2 million with MST. This 16-page report provides a detailed review of specific programs and examines survey results conducted over a 3-year period.

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The Program: Michigan Midland County

  • The 2009 Annual Report summarizes programs and results for juveniles who were abused or who committed crimes over a 10-year period.
  • Midland County leveraged a $675,000, five-year grant from Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation to implement concentrated, evidence-based, therapeutic programs.


  • In the past, the court sent Midland children to facilities outside the county.
  • The residential placements were extremely expensive and made it difficult for families to participate in the treatment of their child.
    • Children were placed in an out-of-county facility for an average of 18 months.
    • Even if the treatment plan had initially been a success, the child would return to the same environment with the same deficits and risks.
    • The county recognized that this approach faired and decided to treat their trouble youth locally.

The Goals:

  • Avoid the expense and family disruption of out-of-county placements
  • Focused on evidence-based programs such as MST to achieve better results