Multisystemic Therapy (MST)
Staff Recruitment: Drivers & Interventions
A brief resource noting providers' identified challenges to staff recruitment and strategies for overcoming those challenges.
Staff Retention: Drivers & Interventions
A 2-page handout sharing interventions that target common drivers of staff turnover.
Effectively Negotiating With Funders: 3 Tips for EBI Providers
A summary of tips from Pennsylvania providers, organized around three key strategies.
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.
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.
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:
National Site: Multisystemic Therapy
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