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Journalist Nell Bernstein to Speak at the MST Pre-conference During Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development Conference
Event brings together professionals to share ideas about evidence-based programs that prevent problem behavior in juveniles.
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 bill that authorizes Medicaid reimbursement for a therapy used to assist troubled Nebraska youth passed May 21. Read more.
Early Interventions to Stop Young People Going Off the Rails Could Save 1.7bn a Year say Leading Charities
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Proven Treatment Model for Troubled Youth Now Supported by World-Class Electronic Health Record (EHR) System
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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 .
"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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
Juvenile Justice Reform in Connecticut: How Collaboration and Commitment Have Improved Public Safety and Outcomes for Youth
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
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 .
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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:
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.
Easter Seals UCP and Haven House's Treatment Program for Juvenile Offenders to Serve as Role Model for Chilean Program
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.
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.
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:
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
Casey Foundation Begins Mission to Cut Juvenile Incarceration in Half
State Wants Funds in Redeploy Illinois, Not IYC
How Intervention Is Keeping Children Out of Care
2011 National Anti-Crime Award Winners Announced
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
Government Announces £6 Million for Children in Care and Families Who Need Extra Support
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
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.
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.
Juvenile Justice: Making What Works a Reality
Prevention Action reports on what's working in the treatment of juvenile offenders.
What Works, What Doesn't and Why in Treating Juvenile Offenders
Download the Social Policy Report: Evidence-Based Interventions for Juvenile Offenders and Juvenile Justice Policies that Support Them
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
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
Home-based Therapy Best for Troubled Teens, Experts Say
SAMSHA Announces Science and Service Award Winners
Three agencies implementing MST recognized for their outstanding achievement. Read the full announcement
Juvenile Offender Therapy Praised. One Problem: Program Not Available Locally
For 1 Family, Youth Therapy Program a Success
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.
'Keeping My Son Out of Trouble'
Ministers Back Pilot Therapy Programme for Young Offenders
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.
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
South Carolina Program For At-Risk Youth Exceeds National Averages
One Grandmother’s Testimonial About Multisystemic Therapy (MST), a Program for At-Risk Youth
SAMHSA’s First Science and Service Award Winners
2009: ABH has been recognized in the Co-Occurring Disorders category for their implementation of MST in Connecticut.
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
UK Government: Troubled Children to Receive Help to Avoid Going into Care
Trying to Save Troubled Youth: Mental Health Plays Key Role in State's Effort
Save Kids, Communities and Money by Closing Training School