Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is a home-based therapeutic method of working to identify, support and strengthen the family’s skills and resources to meet the needs of the child and family. This evidence-based technique is designed to reduce out-of-home placements through the use of intensive in-home and community-based interventions.
MST addresses serious issues that, if unresolved, could lead to a child’s removal from the home. MST is successful because it looks at known causes of a child’s concerns, including family, friends, school and the community. It involves the whole family as partners, and takes place where the child lives, goes to school and participates in his/her community.
MST increases the chances of “finding the fit” for your child and you. It provides positive, clear treatment focused on strengths, actions and the “here and now.” It requests increasing responsibility from your child, you and your family. The results of this therapy can be evaluated.
Home-based services are possible if the child is school-aged (12-17.5 years of age for traditional MST and 10-17.5 years of age for MSTPSB), has an identified mental health diagnosis, has an imminent risk of being removed from the home and the services will help the family stay together. At least one adult must participate, and other services must have been tried without immediate success.
Home-based services will help in dealing with school systems, the courts and other agencies that give your family services. Referrals come from Juvenile Community Corrections Officers, Children's Case Management and residential program providers, Maine DHHS workers, school employees, parents, medical providers, primary care physicians, therapists, Intensive Temporary Residential Treatment contacts and hospitals.
For more information about KBH’s MST Program, contact the Access Center at 1-888-322-2136. MST services are available throughout central Maine.
KBH also an MST location in Bangor: