Multisystemic Therapy Model Information
- Frequently Asked Questions (FFT & MST)
- Implementation Manual
- Logic Model
- "Unlocking Justice"
- This documentary, produced by The Sentencing Project, features three programs that offer effective alternatives to incarceration, and features a Pennsylvania MST provider. It is part of a longer video; scroll down and select "Unlocking Justice" at the bottom of the viewing window to watch the program specific content. MST is the last program featured.
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- Three Years of Data for MST (Fiscal Years 2012-2014)
- Return on Investment for Three Years of MST (Fiscal Years 2012-2014)
- Pennsylvania-specific Outcome Reports
- Proven Results: Outcomes & Research Overview from MST Services
- Washington State Pilot Project
This report presents characteristics and outcomes of the youth who received MST as part of a pilot project in Washington State to provide evidence-based mental health services to children.
- Magellan MST Outcomes Brief (March 2012)
A brief summary of MST outcomes in southeast Pennsylvania, highlighting changes in service utilization pre- and post-MST.
- Funding for FFT & MST Training
PA providers can access supplemental funding to support therapists' initial clinical training.
- Bi-annual MST Provider Meetings: Information & Resources
- Paving The Way
An online newsletter for Pennsylvania providers of evidence-based interventions.
- Staff Recruitment: Drivers & Interventions
- Staff Retention: Drivers & Interventions
- Places to Recruit New Clinicians
- Effectively Negotiating With Funders: Three Tips for EBI Providers
- MST Paperwork Training and MST Paperwork Examples
This training and the examples were developed to assist MST teams with completing MST paperwork in a manner that is compliant with Pennsylvania's M.A. documentation requirements.
- Sustainability of Evidence-based Programs: Findings from the 2010 PCCD Web Survey"
- Planning Sustainability, 2011 workshop hosted by the EPISCenter
- Stakeholder Meeting Preparation Worksheet and Sample Agenda
Establishing clear goals and strategic planning before meeting with stakeholders can ensure that the opportunity to meet is used effectively. This guide can be used to prepare for an upcoming meeting. An agenda template is included.
- MST Planning Tool
- MST Readiness Tool
- Resources related to Special Grant funding, accessing and utilizing M.A. funding (including Frequently Asked Questions, key contacts, and a list of Health Choices Behavioral Health Primary Contractors), and the Juvenile Justice Systems Enhancement Strategy. These resources are Pennsylvania-specific.
- Starting Services Quickly
A resource for MST providers and stakeholders who are looking to decrease wait time for at risk youth and families.
- MST and D & A-Questions and Answers
Guidelines developed by the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse regarding the use of MST with youth who also present with substance use.
- Prescribing for MST
An article published in The Pennsylvania Psychologist (May 2011) that provides an overview of the MST model and the target population. Written for psychologists and psychiatrists conducting BHRS evaluations.
Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive family and community-based treatment that addresses the multiple determinants of serious antisocial behavior in chronic, violent, or substance abusing male or female juvenile offenders, ages 12 to 17, at high risk of out-of-home placement. The multisystemic approach views individuals as nested within a network of interconnected systems that encompass individual, family, and extra-familial (peer, school, neighborhood) factors. Intervention may be necessary in any one or a combination of these systems. The primary goals of MST programs are to decrease rates of antisocial behavior and other clinical problems, improve functioning (e.g., family relations, school performance), and promote behavior change in the youth’s natural environment. These outcomes are achieved at a cost savings by reducing the use of out-of-home placements such as incarceration, residential treatment, and hospitalization. The ultimate goal of MST is to empower families to build a healthier environment through the mobilization of existing child, family, and community strengths and resources. The typical duration of home-based MST services is approximately 4 months, with multiple therapist-family contacts occurring weekly. MST addresses risk factors in an individualized, comprehensive, and integrated fashion, allowing families to enhance protective factors. Specific treatment techniques used to facilitate these gains are based on empirically supported therapies, including behavioral, cognitive behavioral, and pragmatic family therapies. Proven outcomes of MST include:
- reduced long-term rates of criminal offending in serious juvenile offenders,
- reduced rates of out-of-home placements for serious juvenile offenders,
- extensive improvements in family functioning,
- decreased behavior and mental health problems for serious juvenile offenders,
- favorable outcomes at cost savings in comparison with usual mental health and juvenile justice services,
- decreased recidivism and arrests.
National Site: Multisystemic Therapy