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Multisystemic Therapy (MST)

MST is a pragmatic, goal-oriented, science based intervention designed to: 1) improve caregiver discipline practices; 2) enhance family affective relations; 3) decrease youth association with deviant peers; 4) increase youth association with pro-social peers; 5) improve youth school or vocational performance; 6) engage youth in pro-social recreational outlets; 7) and develop an indigenous support network of extended family, neighbors, and friends to help caregivers achieve and maintain such changes. MST services are delivered in the natural environment (e.g., home, school, community). The ultimate goal of MST is to empower families to build an environment, through the mobilization of indigenous child, family, and community resources, which promote health. The MST program works very closely with the Department of Juvenile Justice to assist the family in satisfying all youth probation requirements. The typical duration of home-based MST services is approximately 4 months, with therapist-family contacts occurring multiple times during a week. MST therapists also provide 24 hour/7 day per week on- call services for youth and their families. Services are provided throughout Miami-Dade County.