Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST)
MST in an intensive home treatment program to reduce high-risk behaviors in youth. The program gives parents or guardians new tools for difficulties of raising a youth. It empowers them to cope with the family, peer, school, and issues outside their home environment. The goal is to keep families together. These youth are between the ages of 12 to18 and have a minimum of 4 to 6 months of supervision to complete. The therapy offers goal-oriented and practical methods of dealing with family issues.
MST can help a family reduce a teen's criminal activity and reduce antisocial behavior including
- Poor school performance
- Poor choice in friends
- Family conflict and other home issues
- Substance abuse
- Mental health issues
MST participants work with a therapist for 4 to 6 months. The therapist is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and sessions are held in the family's home. The treatment plan is designed with family members. Attention is given to the things in the youth's and family's social network linked with antisocial behavior. Interpreters can be used if there is a language barrier.
A JPC refers a youth to community supervision if they assessed to be high risk and at risk to be placed outside of their home (either through incarceration or inpatient treatment).