Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive, flexible, family and community-based treatment programme that addresses all environmental systems negatively affecting chronic and violent juvenile offenders’ behaviour to improve the quality of life for both the young people and their families.
- In 2015, 12,915 families were served a full course of MST treatment worldwide.
- According to the organisation’s data, as a result of MST services, long-term re-arrest rates are reduced by an average of 42% and out-of-home placements reduced by 54%. Additional impacts include improved family functioning, decreased substance use, fewer mental-health problems and higher levels of client satisfaction compared to standard interventions.
- A 22-year follow-up study by the Missouri Delinquency Project showed youths who received MST had 36% fewer felony arrests, 75% fewer violent felony arrests, 33% fewer incarceration days and 37% fewer divorce, paternity and child support suits.