It is estimated that 65-70% of youth in the juvenile justice system have a mental health diagnosis, and approximately 20% have a serious mental health disorder. Increasingly, the juvenile justice system in the United States is recognizing the need to treat mental health disturbance among youth detainees in order to reduce the risk of recidivism and to improve well-being of children in the juvenile justice system who have mental health needs. While receiving such services in the institution is important to improving behavior and adaptive functioning, youth may face difficulties in maintain
MST and MST-FIT
Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an evidence-based program developed to treat delinquent youth by intervening in the various systems in which the youth is embedded (i.e., family, school, peer, community) to change factors that contribute to or maintain problem behaviors. MST is a practical and goal-oriented treatment that draws from social-ecological and family systems theories of behavior. In MST, a single therapist delivers services to 4 – 6 families.