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MST: Helping ensure bright futures in North Carolina

February 22, 2010

Multisystemic Therapy is an innovative treatment approach that provides help to children and families in their own homes and communities.

It is one of only a few treatment approaches that has been proven to be effective with troubled young people in randomized, long-term clinical trials. MST is demonstrated to be successful in helping youth ages 12 to 17 who display serious antisocial behaviors and are at risk of placement out of the home because of their behaviors. Built on the principle and scientific evidence that a seriously troubled child’s behavioral problems are multidimensional, MST addresses those issues using multiple strategies, including working with the family, peer groups, schools and the community. MST counselors provide intensive help for families, meeting in the home at least three times each week and providing 24-hour, on-call support.

The intensive program has great results. In Youth Villages’ MST program in North Carolina, 88 percent of youth are discharged successfully to their families. Most youth stay in the MST program for three to six months.

In North Carolina, the MST program received a generous grant from The Duke Endowment to help expand the program.

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  1. curtis poole permalink
    April 28, 2010 10:48 am

    i am thinking about starting a youth program and would like insight

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