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Treatment for Out-of-Control Teens

What is the goal?
The Multisystemic Therapy Program (MST) is an evidence-based model designed to prevent out of home placement for teenagers with delinquent behaviors. Secondly, our program focuses on keeping teenagers enrolled in school and preventing further criminal offenses. The goal is to empower parents to influence the teenager to change their behavior by intervening in the child’s environment (peers, school, neighborhood, and family). By empowering parents, services are completed in a short time frame of 3 to 5 months.

Who do we serve?
The MST program serves children 12 to 17.5 years of age in Kent County. Our program targets kids with multiple problems in the home (ie. running away from home, frequent arguing, domestic violence) , school (ie. truancy, failing classes, frequent suspensions) , and community (ie. stealing, substance use, negative peers) The MST program takes referrals from juvenile probation officers, juvenile justice workers, and child protective services workers.

Services we provide:
• Coordination with schools
• Connecting families with psychiatric services when needed
• Coordination of services with C.P.S .and court
• Coordination with the families natural supports
• Family therapy
• Marital/Couples therapy
• Individual therapy
• Intensive home-based services
• 24/7 on-call coverage for emergencies
• Flexible appointment times
• Substance abuse treatment

For real stories of real kids who have been impacted by the treatment for out-of-control teens, click here.