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Redirection Program

The Redirection program focuses on breaking the destructive behavior patterns of youth referred by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, with the primary goal of lowering the juvenile incarceration rates, and more restrictive residential setting placements. The program focuses on youth who are at the highest risk for placement in a Department of Juvenile Justice residential facility. The Redirection program offers two evidence-based treatment approaches: Functional Family Therapy and Multisystemic Therapy.



MST is a pragmatic and 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 that promotes 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.



MST with Psychiatric Supports is a new version of the MST model that works with youth referred by the Department of Juvenile Justice who have serious mental health diagnosis. Youth in the program are at high risk for placement at a dual-diagnosis DJJ residential facility. Psychiatric services are integrated into the course of treatment. Psychiatrists from Jackson Hospital/University of Miami participate in weekly supervision staffings with the MST therapist to assist with safety planning, medication management and management of psychiatric issues. The duration of treatment is approximately 6-8 months. 


The Functional Family Therapy (FFT) Program provides a family-based nationally recognized intervention for at-risk youth and their families (FFT is recognized by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Programs (OJJDP) as an effective science-based intervention). Youth targeted are those ages 11-17 who have been arrested for a juvenile offense or are at-risk of entering the juvenile delinquency system. FFT is a culturally-sensitive, short-term intervention that has demonstrated a 25 - 60% reduction in recidivism. Through FFT, the therapist works with to build upon protective factors in the family system order to increase functioning of all family members; intervention is provided either in the home or in office and typically lasts an average of 12 sessions.


For referrals / information: 305-274-3172