Evidence-based Reports

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Multisystemic Therapy Research at a Glance 2021 (Summary)

This document highlights the many areas of MST evidence-based research and proven outcomes with traditional MST and MST clinical adaptations as well as research on the transport of MST to community practice settings.

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Multisystemic Therapy Research at a Glance 2021 (Full Version)

This document highlights the many areas of MST evidence-based research and proven outcomes with traditional MST and MST clinical adaptations as well as research on the transport of MST to community practice settings. Published MST Outcome, Implementation and Benchmarking Studies.

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How to Fund an MST Program

The MST approach to putting juvenile offenders on the right path has been shown to be extremely effective in terms of its success rate, decrease in crime and keeping down costs. The question becomes how can communities and organizations pay for MST programs? This guide provides the answer.

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Multisystemic Therapy® (MST®) Adaptations
Pilot Studies to Large-Scale Dissemination

The purpose of this document is to describe the general process by which standard Multisystemic Therapy (MST) (Henggeler et al.,2009) is adapted for use with other challenging clinical problems and eventually transported to community-based MST programs.

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Family-based Solutions for Child Abuse and Neglect

Read this report to learn how complex it can be to work with a family experiencing child abuse, neglect, or substance abuse, and the importance of family-based approaches such as MST-CAN.

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Investing in Social Impact Bonds

Read this report to learn about Social Impact Bonds, including how they can help to fund the expansion of evidence-based programs and help to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and a detailed cost-and-benefit analysis.

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Combating Racial Disparity in the Juvenile Justice System with MST

Read this report to learn how and why minority youth are disproportionately involved with the juvenile justice system. Learn about the outcomes of research with black and Latino youth and how MST can positively impact minority youth involved in the justice system.

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MST is a Proven Treatment for Substance Abusing Teens

Read this report to learn how MST is a top tier, research-based intervention for reducing and eliminating substance abuse among teens.  MST therapists work with families to remove their teens from problematic peer groups and support involvement in pro-social activities.

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What Makes MST Such an Effective Intervention?

Read this report to find out how MST works, the philosophy behind keeping kids in their home instead of sending them to lockup, and the importance of delivering services with fidelity.

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The Top Ten Funding Considerations for Starting an MST Program

If you are considering starting an MST team, this guide is a must-read. It reviews the critical areas you need to consider in order to get a program off the ground and to ensure its long-term success.

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MST Works for Juvenile Offenders and Their Siblings

Read this success story to learn how MST is proven to reduce recidivism rates of siblings, produce cost-savings and how positive results last 25 years post-treatment.

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Five Ways Multisystemic Therapy (MST) Addresses Risks that Can Lead to School Shootings

There is no singular solution to violence, but MST can play an important role in helping communities stop school shootings.

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2018 Families First Prevention Services Act Overview

Learn more about the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), with an overview and implications.

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State Success Story Guide

Gain helpful insights on how to implement MST by learning about other states’ paths to success. This guide will share the history of MST in five states, what makes MST strong in each state, and what lessons the states learned along the way.

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How to Build a Steady Referral Stream for Your MST Program

It takes time and effort to develop a steady stream of referrals, but it is possible with some thoughtful planning. Many social programs begin with presentations to referral agencies and are met with nods, voiced approval and interest. To be most successful, program managers should understand that this is the beginning of a long,
sustained effort for the life of the service. What makes this so complex?

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MST: Dramatic Cost Savings for Communities

MST is more effective than traditional treatment methods; it’s more cost-effective as well. Communities achieve these savings through reductions in incarceration, mental health services, and crime rate, thanks to the success of MST. Read this report to learn more.

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2020 MST Data Overview Report

This data report includes graphs and outcomes, outlining MST's success in dealing with cases of troubled young people and families. 

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Multisystemic Therapy: Family Integrated Transitions (MST-FIT)

Learn more about MST-FIT, a comprehensive treatment program designed to help youth and families transition back into society after out-of-home placement.

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The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA)

Read more about the recently passed Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), which allows states to fund evidence-based programs like MST, to prevent children from entering the foster care system. 

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Taking Multisystemic Therapy to the Country of Chile 

Gain helpful insights on how to implement Multisystemic Therapy (MST) by learning about Chile’s path to success. This guide will share the history of MST in Chile, what makes MST work in Chile under the leadership of the Undersecretary of Crime Prevention, and some of the wonderful success stories from the country.

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