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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Racial Disparity in the Juvenile Justice System: MST's Response
The unrest that started in Ferguson, Mo., after the shooting death in August of an unarmed black 18-year-old boy by a white policeman continued to roil. It was exacerbated by the killing of another young black in St. Louis again at the hands of a white officer. The incidents are reminders of the imbalance in many of our nation's communities. Read more.

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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 more.

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Juvenile Courts Are Losing Opportunities to Create Better Futures
Retired Illinois Judge, George W. Timberlake, writes about dire consequences when juvenile courts ignore treatment alternatives like MST and instead, lock up young children. Read more.