MST for Juvenile and Young Adult Offenders

Multisystemic therapy (MST) is an intensive, family-focused treatment for 11- to 18-year-olds who demonstrate problem behaviors and who are particularly at risk for out-of-home placements, such as juvenile detention facilities or residential treatment programs. The fundamental goals of MST are to decrease problematic behaviors and other clinical problems, increase parental ability to address future difficulties associated with raising an adolescent, and to minimize the risk of out-of-home placement.

MST recognizes that at-risk youth are strongly influenced by the "systems" around them - family, peer, school, neighborhood - and works to promote positive behavior changes within the juvenile's natural environments.

Benefits of MST

  • Reduced long-term rates of crime by juvenile offenders
  • Decreased re-arrests and incarcerations
  • Reduced alcohol and drug use
  • Improvements in family functioning
  • Decreased behavior and mental health problems
  • Reduced days on probation and confinement when juveniles who complete the program reach adulthood

MST Services

The typical MST treatment lasts 3-5 months for 4-6 hrs/week, but therapists are available around-the-clock with on-call support for the youth and family. They can provide immediate response in crisis situations. Therapists are also supported by a team and provide services in the youth's and family's natural environments, including home, school and community.

Who We Serve

  • Youths (ages 11-18) who are particularly at risk for out-of-home placements (such as juvenile detention facilities, residential treatment programs and/or hospitals).
  • MST is home-based therapy, so providers work directly and intensively with all family members.
  • MST is available in York County.

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