Multisystemic Therapy Program (MST)


MultiSystemic Therapy Program (MST)-In 2000 MHY adopted the Multisystemic Therapy Program (MST), an intensive evidence-based program designed to serve dependent and delinquent youth, ages 12 to 17, who are at risk of out-of-home placement or who are currently in an out-of-home placement, addressing the multiple influences that contribute to growing antisocial or illegal behavior in youth. The MST approach views individuals as being part of, and influenced by, a complex network of interconnected systems that encompass individual, family, and extrafamilial (peer, school, neighborhood) factors. In MST, this “ecology” of interconnected systems is viewed as the “client.” To achieve successful outcomes with these youth, interventions are generally necessary within and among a combination of these systems.

MST focuses on changing the known triggers of offending, including characteristics of the individual youth, the family, peer relations, school functioning and the neighborhood. MST treatment plans are designed jointly with family members and are family-driven rather than therapist-driven. Trained therapists work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide referred youth and families with the skills and resources needed to cope with family, peer, school and community problems to achieve successful outcomes.

Currently, MHY offers MST in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Forest, Lawrence and Venango counties with hopes of expanding the program to other surrounding counties.

Clients are often referred to this program by Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Stakeholders. Some counties also allow referrals to come from prescribing psychologists. Check out MST Services to learn more about the national program adopted by MHY.