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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A Great Day for Kentucky's Youths and Taxpayers
In 2010, the state of Kentucky had 852 youths in confinement, a rate of 186 per 100,000. While this number may not seem very large, David Keene, a former president of the National Rifle Association, a former chairman of the American Conservative Union and a Right on Crime signatory, appropriately gasped at the cost of $87,000 a year per youth which, using these numbers, equates to $74,124,000 a year. Thankfully, Senator Whitney Westerfield, Representative John Tilley and members of both chambers have exercised leadership in moving Kentucky toward a more effective juvenile justice system with decreased cost. Read more on our MST Blog

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Published MST Outcome, Implementation and Benchmarking Studies
For more than 30 years, MST has consistently demonstrated positive outcomes with chronic juvenile offenders. Based on the program's success, rigorous randomized trials were conducted to explore the feasibility and effects of adaptations of MST with other target populations. Results have been positive for treating problem sexual behavior, child abuse and neglect, substance abuse, serious emotional disturbances and chronic health care conditions. Download this document for the complete list of research and outcomes.

Kids Doing Time for What's Not a Crime: The Over-Incarceration of Status Offenders
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 strengthen a family's capacity to care for and discipline their child. 
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