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 2016
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February 2016
Event brings together professionals to share ideas about evidence-based programs that prevent problem behavior in juveniles.
 
 
2015
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 June 2015
 Multisystemic Therapy will soon be practiced in Southern Illinois at Caritas Family Solutions. Funding for MST comes from Redeploy Illinois with juvenile probabtion offers in six counties making refferring youths and their families to the agency. Read more.
 A U.K. charity looked at the cost and results for FFT and MST. Action for Children, it its annual "Impact Report," praised the two therapies. It found that MST in three cities had 91 percent of cases continuing to live at home with a like number free from arrest. Read more.
 
 
May 2015
A bill that authorizes Medicaid reimbursement for a therapy used to assist troubled Nebraska youth passed May 21. Read more.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder recognized the Livingston County juvenile court and the Highland Inc. MST program on Monday during the governor's unveiling of a policy initiative designed to overhaul Michigan's criminal justice system. The implementation of programs like MST led to a reduction in the number of days Livingston County youths stayed in a residential facility by more than 8,000 between 2011 and 2015 and a cost savings of over $1.6 MM. Read more.
 
Staging early interventions to stop young people going off the rails and getting into serious difficulties could save 1.7bn a year, a coalition of more than 50 leading charities say. Read more.
  
 April 2015
With the help of state funds, an Ohio county will be making MST available to its at-risk youth. Behind Ashtabula's decision was the success that two other counties have experienced with MST keeping kids out of placement. Read more.
 
January 2015
Cleveland County has turned away from punishing juvenile offenders to rehabilitating them. The county is anticipating it will receive almost $280,000 to spend on programs, including Multisystemic Therapy, serving that end. Read more.
 
An Oakland, California panel discussion addressed the issue of the "beast" that's America's juvenile-justice system, devouring tax money, government resources and kids. Participating was Nell Bernstein, offering startling insights she acquired writing "Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison." Another participant identified MST as proving "extremely effective" in dealing with the problem of high-risk kids. Read more.
 
A district judge in Oklahoma, citing cost savings in other states resulting from spending more on evidence-based community programs such as MST and FFT to deal with juvenile delinquents, appeals to her state to do the same. Read more.
 
An Illinois program that funds MST is getting additional money from the state. Union County's Redeploy Illinois will receive a boost of $72,000, bringing the total to $311,000. Read more.
 
 
2014
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December 2014
With the British government slashing budgets for healthcare and public-health services, one charity official is calling for the use of MST in Newcastle. He argues the treatment program has proved successful elsewhere in England and could save "the tax payer money long term as less investment is needed in health and the care system further down the line." Read more.
 
 
November 2014
On the 60th anniversary of Universal Children's Day, MST Services, an organization dedicated to expanding the use of evidence-based treatment models that help children and families live productive lives, has released an infographic, "Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child", that looks at the issue of corporal punishment. View the infographic and read the press release.
 
 
October 2014
This Scientific American story takes a look at the get-tough, boot-camp approach to dealing with delinquents. The conclusion? It's better to teach teens in trouble positive behavior, instead of punishing them for their bad actions. Read the article
Model-specific documentation for Multisystemic Therapy is now available in electronic form for Netsmart clients to further improve implementation and outcomes. Clinicians will be able to integrate all required MST documentation and procedures electronically, saving time and improving billing accuracy. Read the article
Reitred Illinois Judge, George W. Timberlake, writes about dire consequences when juvenile courts ignore treatment alternatives like MST and instead, lock up young children. Read the article
 
 
September 2014
Connecticut reforms have led to an incredible 40-percent decrease in juvenile arrests. The state's undersecretary for criminal justice planning and policy, gives a great deal of credit for the drop to family-therapy programs such as MST. Read the article
 
 
August 2014
Gary Gately of the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange looks at the origins of the gold standard evidence-based programs like MST and FFT. He reports that MST stands out as one of the best-known and most thoroughly researched programs that have been shown through research to prevent or reduce juvenile crime and help youths make better choices. The article also presents other approaches to treating juvenile offenders, including practices that are not "evidence-based", but claim to be effective with this population. Read the article
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June 2014
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.
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.
May 2014
In many ways, Children's Village resembles an idyllic college campus, with its abundant open spaces, handsome buildings, brand-new activities center and Olympic-size pool. Yet the child-welfare professionals who run the 180-acre complex in this New York City suburb are committed to a seemingly paradoxical goal: They want fewer foster children settling in to make the residential cottages their home. Read more of The Washington Post article. 
March 2014
This report from the Texas Public Policy Foundation was developed in order to produce an up-to-date understanding of the nation's progress in reducing confinement status offenders. Cost effective interventions like Multisystemic Therapy (MST) are discussed as being proven to strengthn a family's capacity to care for and discipline their child. Read more.
February 2014
Dr. Scott Henggeler's, professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, perspective on why zero tolerance is bad social policy. Many states, as well as the President, are finally recognizing the high fiscal, social and personal costs of taking an adolescent out of the home environment for non-violent offenses. In fact, it was this thinking that led Dr. Henggeler in the mid-1970s to develop Multisystemic Therapy. Read more.
January 2014
 
Local human service providers, including staff from The Children's Village, Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, and New York Foundling, recently provided valuable international technical assistance when they met with high ranking officials from the government of Chile to share insights into the uses and benefits of Multisystemic Therapy (MST). Read more.
Greg Couturier, a youth development advocate, Shriver Peaceworker Fellow and student at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, argues that Baltimore should make a New Year's resolution to stop jailing non-violent juveniles and instead focus on community-based alternatives like MST, FFT and other youth initiatives. Read more.
 
 
2013
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December 2013
 
Watch this TED Talk by Toby Eccles, the founder of Social Finance in the UK, to learn how social impact bonds are solving seemingly intractable social problems. In Essex County, for example, MST is one of the programs being funded by Social Finance to keep kids out of placement. Watch the video .
November 2013
 
The sexual abuse of children is a worldwide problem that has lasting and sometimes lifelong impacts on the child, their family and the community. An open access systematic review that was recently published in the British Medical Journal looked at the evidence for medical and psychological interventions that aim to prevent sexual abusers of children from reoffending. Read the full article .
The head of community services at a charity working with ex-offenders says the organisation has detected clear trends among clients who were 'drifting off' from its service. Action for Children is partnering with Essex county council on the bond, also managed by Social Finance. Derbyshire said the contract, designed to use multi-systemic therapy to prevent children from the most vulnerable families in Essex going into care, was showing early signs of achieving good results one year in. Read the full article .
October 2013
"The idea in juvenile court is we are never just dealing with the individual," said Midland County Probate Judge Dorene S. Allen. "We are dealing with the whole family. Wraparound wraps around the child with the family system." Along with the wraparound program to help juveniles, the county is using the multi-systemic therapy, an intensive-family-and-community-based treatment for serious antisocial behavior in juvenile offenders. "MST is an evidence-based program that is nationally monitored...we have very few kids who have received MST coming back into the program - only two," said Allen. Read the full article .
September 2013
Extern Multi-systemic Therapy Team has been announced as the winner of the overall award for Social Worker of the year at this year's Northern Ireland Social Work Awards hosted by the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust). Read the full article .
 
 
August 2013
The Third Annual DC Summit on Evidence-Based Programs for Children, Youth and Families will be held on September 27th. MST-PSB for youth with problem sexual behavior and MST-EA, MST for emerging adults, will both be featured during the one-day conference. Read about it or register here
 
 
July 2013
 
Faced with a growing concern about crime, the Chilean Undersecretary of Crime Prevention, Mr. Cristobal Lira, turned to MST Services to bring the treatment model to his country. Today, there are 14 teams up and running. MST Expert, Kellie Allison, recently traveled to Chile for staff training. This article is in Spanish, but can be translated using Bing or Google search engines. Read the full article .
 
While it's true that only a few states have aggressively adopted MST state-wide, The Center for Public Integrity reports on the few that do including: Connecticut, Ohio, Louisiana and Florida. All of these states are realizing significant cost savings by implementing evidence-based models that keep kids at home, in school and out of trouble. Read more .
 
 
June 2013
 
More than 15 years ago, the University of Colorado's "Blueprints for Violence Prevention" (now the Blueprints for Youth Development) initiative selected 10 programs for delinquency prevention that they considered "models." These programs were reviewed by experts to determine whether studies have shown positive effects on behavior. Maine uses several programs from the Blueprints list, including multidimensional treatment foster care, functional family therapy and multisystemic therapy. Read the full article .
  
Supporting and Scaling Social Programs That Work
Jeffrey Bradach, managing partner and co-founder of The Bridgespan Group writes and speaks persuasively on the need to support evidence-based programs, specifically MST and Nurse Family Partnership. Read his Huffington Post Blog or listen to his TEDx talk .  
 
National Campaign to Reform State Juvenile Justice Systems
The National Campaign to Reform State Juvenile Justice Systems has endorsed MST as a model program to keep youth out of the criminal justice system, and save taxpayer money by improving public safety and lowering recidivism, in their report "The Fourth Wave: Juvenile Justice Reforms for the 21st Century." Read the full report
 
The Role of Social Impact Bonds
Action for Children's mission is to help the most vulnerable children and young people and are interested in Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) as one mechanism to help achieve this. This article reviews the benefits of SIBs, including how they provide a welcome focus on outcomes as in Multisystemic Therapy (MST), which is delivered with fidelity. Read the full article.
 
 
May 2013
A project using Multisystemic Therapy (MST) launched in Essex (UK) intends to transform the lives of troubled adolescents and their families by keeping them out of trouble, in school and out of care. The costs of the program are being paid by investors who have provided £3.1 million to fund the program, through a social impact bond. Essex County Council hopes that, in the first five years, it will save more than £10 million in spending on these at-risk youths by keeping many of them out of the costly care system. Read the full article.
 
 
April 2013
 
Juvenile Justice Reform in Chicago, Illinois: Cook County Improves Mental Health Programs for Juvenile Offenders
The Cook County probation department in Chicago, Illinois has also strengthened its mental health programming by implementing MST. The probation department used to routinely place mentally ill youth into psychiatric treatment facilities, says Michael Rohan, director of probation court services. It housed an average of 425 youth per day in those facilities in 1996, he says. "Today we have just three." Since 2002, 971 youth with serious mental health needs have been served in Cook County's MST program, many of whom would otherwise have been committed to a state correctional institution. Read the full article.
 
This report highlights the past two decades of Connecticut's efforts to improve responses to youth who engage in delinquent behavior and to reduce the number of youth placed into residential facilities. Specifically, the state reduced residential commitments from 680 in 2000 to 216 in 2011 (nearly 70%), even though most 16-year olds, who were previously treated as adults, are now handled in the juvenile system. The state also has closed one of its three state-operated detention centers and reduced the under 18 population in Connecticut's adult prisons from 403 in January 2007 to 151 in July 2012. Meanwhile, Connecticut expanded its investment in evidence-based, family-focused adolescent treatment programs. Read the Executive Summary , a short version of the report or the full report .
Source: Justice Policy Institute
 
 
March 2013
 
Rutgers Research on the best ways to help gang members turn their lives around recently got a boost with a $500,000 endowment to the School of Criminal Justice. Community Solutions, Inc. (CSI) donated funds to strengthen faculty and graduate student research on reducing the number of youth involved in gangs. "This is a unique partnership between a social services agency and research institution," notes Paul Boxer, a Rutgers-Newark psychology professor who has conducted extensive research on gang-involved youth and will be a major contributor of the CSI/School of Criminal Justice collaborative. "It marries delivery of direct services with evidence-based research." Read more .
 
February 2013
 
The Derby Telegraph (UK) reports that the Derby city council will contract with charity Action for Children to provide Multisystemic Therapy (MST) to serve 40 to 50 families a year. Families with young offenders would be referred to MST by police, schools or the local Primary Care Trusts. The Department of Health and Department for Education will jointly fund the program for the initial two years with the city council funding the next two years. Policy makers believe the program will lead to long-term savings for public organisations as fewer youngsters would go into care and commit crimes. Read the news article about Derby County's new MST program.

 

 

2012
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October 2012

A Funding Opportunity for MST in Canada
Multisystemic Therapy has been selected by the Canadian National Crime Prevention Center (NCPC) as one of several evidence-based programs in crime prevention to be funded under its Crime Prevention Action Fund (CPAF). The NCPC is providing time-limited funding for projects that prevent or reduce offending among high rish populations. These projects serve to advance the building and sharing of knowledge regarding effective crime prevention practices in Canada. The NCPC is currently accepting Letters of Intent that present an overview of the crime prevention project that an applicant organization proposes to undertake. Read more or Submit a Letter of Intent .

 

September 2012

The London Guardian newspaper published a story in September which reviews a recent report, "Technique Is Not Enough: A framework for ensuring that evidence based parenting programmes are socially inclusive", recently issued by the British Psychological Society . This report recommends utilizing a framework for ensuring comprehensive implementation of programmes that are most rigorously scientifically tested, such those on the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Compilation of Evidence-Based Family Skills Training Programmes (2010), which is ranked on the number of RCTs in which a programme has been found to be effective. MST has been included on this UN recommended list. Read more or review the report .
 
The John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York recently released a new report that details the various juvenile justice reform efforts undertaken by states in the last 30 years.  Three major strategies for reform are identified and evaluated in terms of the long-term effectiveness of each. Each of the reform strategies share the overarching goal of reducing juvenile confinement in state facilities and enhancing community-based alternatives, yet the approach and the relative success has varied by state and by strategy. After highlighting several states as standouts in their reform efforts, the report highlights one strategy as the most effective at achieving these goals.  The Pioneers of Youth Justice Reform: Achieving System Change Using Resolution, Reinvestment, and Realignment Strategies report calls attention to significant pieces of legislation and catalogues the variety of juvenile justice legislation enacted in states over the past decade. Read more or review the report. 

  

August 2012

Juvenile Justice Trends in State Legislation, 2001-2011

Today, there is better information available to policymakers on the causes of juvenile crime and what can be done to prevent it. Research has contributed to recent legislative trends to help distinguish juvenile from adult offenders, restore the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, and adopt scientific assessment tools to structure decision-making and identify needs of juvenile offenders. Policies have become more research-based and youth interventions are moving to more evidence-based versions across a range of programs and services. Under a partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the following report, " Juvenile Justice Trends in State Legislation, 2001-2011 ", was produced which highlights significant pieces of legislation and catalogues the variety of juvenile justice legislation enacted in states over the past decade. Read more or review the report. 

 

July 2012

Youth Placements & Placement Rates in Pennsylvania Counties: The Impact of Evidence-based Intervention Programs

Pennsylvania has seen significant growth in the number of evidence-based interventions (EBIs) including MST, as well as an increase in the number of counties where such services are available. This study found that “as a whole, counties implementing EBIs have shown substantial decreases in placement rates while counties without EBIs have shown no change or even increases.”  Some findings include:

  • Counties who started an EBI saw a 28% decrease in the rate of Juvenile Justice placements, from 10.84% in 2005 to 7.78% in 2010.  Counties that did not adopt an EBI saw virtually no change in placement rates from 2005 to 2010.
  • For counties that adopted at least one EBI, there was an overall decrease of 9% in restrictive child and youth placements placement rates, from 35.3% of youth in 2006 to 31.98% of youth in 2010. Counties choosing not to adopt an EBI saw a 22% increase in the percentage of youth in restrictive placements over six years.

 

May 2012

Being taken into custody or care can be the end of the road for out-of-control teenagers. But new hope is being offered to some of the UK's most troubled youngsters with a pioneering, intensive family-based therapy program, Multisystemic Therapy (MST). The BBC follows an MST therapist and family with the Brandon Centre MST program in London and explores the MST principles and model in action as applied in a real-life case.  Read the article on BBC News Magazine or listen to Part One of The Trouble with Kane aired May 14, 2012 on BBC Radio 4 and Part Two aired on May 21, 2012.
 
Stephen Butler and colleagues have just published the results of the first UK trial of MST, which indicates that the program travels well across the Atlantic making an impact on re-offending rates. Just over 100 young people were randomly assigned to receive MST or treatment as usual and followed for 18 months. At the 18-month follow up, eight per cent of the MST group had offended in the previous six months, compared with 36 per cent of the comparison group. R ead the full article.
 

March 2012

Easter Seals UCP and Haven House's multi-systemic therapy (MST) program hosted officials from Chile's Undersecretariat for Crime Prevention this month in an effort to help Chile improve their youth crime rates and create their own successful MST program. Read the full article.

February 2012

MST and Social Impact Bond in UK 
Essex County Council in the United Kingdom has decided to move forward with the use of a social impact bond to fund the expansion of MST teams within their community. Social impact bonds are a unique way to create funding methods to improve social issues. Funding is derived from private investors and returns are based on outcomes. The concept of social impact bonds has been growing in popularity over the past year. Read the news article about Essex County's decision.
 
 
 
 
2011 
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November 2011

Ultra Long-Term Study Demonstrates Lasting Effects of MST
MST continues to have positive effects on former participants more than 20 years after treatment. Charles Borduin of the University of Missouri followed up with clinical trial participants that completed treatment nearly 22 years earlier, on average. He found the following differences between participants who received MST and those who received individualized therapy:
  • Violent felonies: Since completing treatment, 4.3 percent of juveniles treated with MST were arrested for a violent felony, compared to 15.5 percent of individual therapy participants.
  • All felonies: Overall, 34.8 percent of MST participants committed a felony, compared to 54.8 percent of individual therapy participants.
  • Misdemeanors: MST participants committed five times fewer misdemeanors than individual therapy participants.
  • Family problems: Individual therapy participants were involved in family-related civil suits two times more often than MST participants.
 
Midland County probate court changes save money
A declining delinquency rate, low recidivism and use of local resources mean three open positions at the Midland County Probate Court will not be filled, which equals big savings for the county. - November 6, 2011
 

October 2011

Casey Foundation Begins Mission to Cut Juvenile Incarceration in Half
Report makes case for why states should rely less on lock-up.  The Annie E. Casey Foundation is commencing a new juvenile justice initiative today aimed at reducing juvenile incarceration by 50 percent in 10 years, beginning with the release of a report that makes the case for such a drastic reduction.- October 4, 2011

State Wants Funds in Redeploy Illinois, Not IYC
The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission is backing plans to shut down the Illinois Youth Center in Murphysboro. The commission says instead, the state should shift its resources into an alternative for juvenile offenders called Redeploy Illinois. It's meant to keep young people out of prison. - October 11, 2011

How Intervention Is Keeping  Children Out of Care
Intensive family intervention programmes are helping parents and children to enjoy life at home together - October 25, 2011

2011 National Anti-Crime Award Winners Announced
Seven ground-breaking projects which have substantially reduced local crime rates have been honoured in the 2011 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA) at Parliament House, Canberra. - October 25, 2011

Spirit of Community: Pillar's Finalists for the Community Leadership Award
A professional dedicated to youth and families in the mental health sector. A volunteer who has supported many community events and has influenced others to do the same. An executive director of the South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre whose efforts have positively affected the quality of life for those living in this neighbourhood.  What do all of these three individuals have in common? - October 26, 2011
 

September 2011

Government Announces £6 Million for Children in Care and Families Who Need Extra Support
Meeting foster carers in Oxford, Children's Minister Tim Loughton said, "Poor parental care can have a lasting impact on children. It can cause difficulties for children's development across many areas of their lives. Yet we know from the success of programmes such as Multisystemic Therapy that with the right support, families with entrenched difficulties can be helped to turn their lives around." - September 1, 2011

Allen Recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
Midland County Probate Court Judge Dorene S. Allen has been recognized as one of 20 women who stand out in Michigan's legal profession by the publication Michigan Lawyers Weekly. - September 21, 2011
 

August 2011

UK National Academy for Parenting Research Gives MST Highest Ratings
The National Academy for Parenting Research (NAPR) has an internationally recognized research program to help bring real change to the way practitioners work with parents. The NAPR has created a searchable online database of programs available in England called the Commissioning Toolkit. MST was awarded the highest ratings possible from NARP in all categories.
 

July 2011

Crime Solutions is a searchable online registry developed and maintained by the Office of Justice Programs which uses rigorous research to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. This registry includes entries for MST, MST-PSB, MST-CAN, MST-Psychiatric and MST-Substance Abuse.
 

May 2011

Juvenile Justice: Making What Works a Reality
Prevention Action reports on what's working in the treatment of juvenile offenders.
 

April 2011

 

March 2011

Promising Practices Network Operated by Rand Corporation Announces Two Studies Validating Positive Outcomes for MST
Two recent studies add to the existing research supporting the effectiveness of Multisystemic Therapy (MST) at reducing juvenile delinquency and substance abuse. Read the full article
 

January 2011

Current Violent Juvenile Treatment Methods Costly, Ineffective, MU Researcher Finds
Charles Borduin, a professor of psychological sciences in the MU College of Arts and Sciences finds that multisystemic therapy is more effective in the lives of trouble youth and less costly. Read the full release
 
 
 
 
2010  
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December 2010

Home-based Therapy Best for Troubled Teens, Experts Say
Parents should consider home-based treatment options like MST before sending children away to boarding schools. Read the full story reported in the Independent Mail

SAMSHA Announces Science and Service Award Winners
Three agencies implementing MST recognized for their outstanding achievement. Read the full announcement
 

August 2010

Juvenile Offender Therapy Praised. One Problem: Program Not Available Locally
An internationally recognized treatment aimed at preventing the most troubled juvenile offenders from spiraling into lives of crime has gained traction throughout the country but remains mostly unavailable in South Carolina, the state where it was developed. Read the full story reported in the Post Courier on August 22, 2010.

For 1 Family, Youth Therapy Program a Success
After completing five months of Multisystemic Therapy, an intensive family therapy program with roots in Charleston, this school year is off to a much different start.  Read the full story reported in the Post Courier on August 22, 2010.

Mental Health Therapy Helping Children from Kingston and Merton Stay at Home and Get Better
A new mental health therapy pioneered in Kingston and Merton is successfully helping children at risk of being taken into custody or care.  Read the full story reported by the Kingston Guardian on August 4, 2010.
 

July 2010

'Keeping My Son Out of Trouble'
Denise was "at the end of her tether". Her teenage son was in and out of trouble, stealing mopeds, refusing to go to school and hanging out with gangs.  Read the full story reported in BBC News on July 31, 2010.

Ministers Back Pilot Therapy Programme for Young Offenders
A scheme to keep challenging young people out of care or prison through intensive family support won the backing of government ministers yesterday who said it might offer a cost-effective way to deal with antisocial behaviour.  Read the full story reported in the Guardian on July 9, 2010.

Multisystemic Therapy- New Therapy Brings Results for Troubled Young People
Re-offending in troubled and aggressive young people can be significantly cut using a pioneering new mental health approach known as Multisystemic Therapy (full briefing at bottom of page), a UK conference was told. Read the full story reported by National Mental Health Development Unit in July 2010.
 

May 2010

New Report Calls for Better Mental Health Treatment for Juvenile Offenders
Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice reports say that the California justice system fails juvenile with mental illness. The report makes a compelling argument for the expansion of community-based intensive family therapies for troubled youth including Multisystemic Therapy.   Read the report
 
 
 
 
2009 and prior

May 2009

South Carolina Program For At-Risk Youth Exceeds National Averages
The outcomes data for the SC MST teams were derived from 302 cases in Catawba, Richland, Greenville, Lexington, Orangeburg and Florence counties between March 2005 and March 2007. The performance indicators at discharge that were measured include the percentage of youth that remain in school and/or working, the number of youth living at home and the percentage of youth with no new arrests. South Carolina averaged more than 80 percent in all categories, which is as good as, or better than national averages.

One Grandmother’s Testimonial About Multisystemic Therapy (MST), a Program for At-Risk Youth
For one very special grandmother, what she thought would be a time of growth and maturity quickly became a time of great concern and worry as her granddaughter began to take an unexpected turn with her actions and attitude. Once a good student and respectful child, her granddaughter began hanging with the wrong crowd, skipping school and getting into trouble with the law. After years of heart-breaking behavior, and just when the family began to give up hope, the Department of Juvenile Justice introduced the grandmother to MST.

SAMHSA’s First Science and Service Award Winners
SAMHSA’s Science and Service Awards: These awards recognize exemplary implementation of evidence-based interventions to prevent and treat mental illnesses and substance abuse.

2009: ABH has been recognized in the Co-Occurring Disorders category for their implementation of MST in Connecticut.

  • Advanced Behavioral Health (ABH®) received the award for providing all quality assurance, training, and support for MST teams from a local level as well as for bringing together providers and stakeholders to consistently and effectively implement MST across the state of Connecticut.
    http://www.samhsa.gov/scienceandservice/cod2009.aspx

2008: MST is a key part of one of the programs receiving an award in the co-occurring disorders category.

2007: MST programs secured 50% (two of four) of the awards in the treatment of mental illness and recovery support services category.

 

Talk that Works Multisystemic Therapy, a Family-Based Intervention, Has Been Shown to Be Effective with Troubled Teens
Baltimore Sun, November 19, 2008
By Julie Bykowicz
The Baltimore Sun Article - Talk That Works.doc

UK Government: Troubled Children to Receive Help to Avoid Going into Care
M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX, November 14, 2007
UK Press Release 111407.doc

Trying to Save Troubled Youth: Mental Health Plays Key Role in State's Effort
Republican-American, October 16, 2007
By Ben Conery
Trying to save troubled youth Mental health plays key role in state's effort

Save Kids, Communities and Money by Closing Training School
Providence Journal, Sunday, October 7, 2007
Save Kids, Communities and Money by Closing Training School