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Where Can I Send My Troubled Child?

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Where can I send my troubled child? Why parents should be asking a different question to help their teens and adolescents

"Where can I send my troubled child?" This search query will get you over 30 million hits on the internet – there is no shortage of options. Boot camps, wilderness camps, boarding schools – there are countless residential treatment centers that present themselves as the solution for troubled youth. But are they the right choice? Maybe the real question that people should be typing is “how can I help my troubled child, here and now?”

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Topics: Multisystemic Therapy, MST, troubled child, deliquency

A Holistic Approach to Preventing Teen Suicide

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Public-figure suicide is alarming not just because of the loss of a human life. It engenders more suicide as it highlights a way out for teens that feel hopeless. Suicide rates increased 10% after the heartbreaking loss of Robin Williams, and I suspect that this trend will continue with the more recent passing of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade.

Suicide is one of the top three causes of death among teenagers in our community. Perhaps the most tragic aspect of this is that the pattern of suicide is preventable. Communities would benefit from a holistic approach to suicide prevention that is grounded in research science. Below are three actionable ways to prevent teen suicide in your community.

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Topics: Multisystemic Therapy, MST, suicide prevention

State Success Guide: MST in North Carolina

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North Carolina

How MST Came to North Carolina

In 2009, North Carolina’s juvenile justice system needed a new answer. The state had been experiencing high rates of juvenile incarceration, which started to cause significant budgetary stress on the system. Soon, budget cuts were necessary and the state began to close group homes for delinquent youth. 

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Topics: MST, Multisystemic Therapy, State Success, North Carolina

State Success Guide: Ohio

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Ohio

How MST Came to Ohio

In the mid-1990s, the Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS) underwent research that revealed significant barriers to meeting the mental health needs of the incarcerated youth in their care. Motivated to address this, the department began looking for alternative treatments for delinquent youth – a search that quickly led to Multisystemic Therapy (MST).

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Topics: Ohio, MST, Multisystemic Therapy, State Success

8 Quotes About MST That Tell It All

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Happy New Year to all our families and colleagues around the world

Join with us as we close out 2017 by celebrating all the work Multisystemic Therapy has done to achieve proven results for families and communities. We look forward to 2018 and plan to continue our efforts to meet the needs of those we serve.

Take a moment to read what people and communities say about their experience with the program. For those who don’t have access to effective alternatives to placement, detention and out-of-home care, our resolution is to further our reach in 2018. Our goal is to leave no family or community behind.

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Holiday Greetings from MST Services

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'Tis the season for happiness and good cheer and making holiday wish lists.
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Experts Weigh in on Why Sending Kids To Prison Doesn't Work

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Sending kids to prison doesn't work

Does it stand to reason that a delinquent 15-year-old sent to state detention for six months where he receives no counseling, no rehab and little or no education will return home better adjusted and less likely to commit crimes?

William Byars Jr., former director of the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, doesn’t think so. “I believe if you are raising a teenager in prison, you’re probably raising a convict.” What happens is the boy picks up new ways to get into trouble from others in the facility. They don’t talk about the Theory of Relativity or “Moby Dick.” No, they’re talking about getting high, getting even for some perceived slight, how to rob a liquor store, egging each other on, each trying to be the big man.

Watch the video to hear from experts and parents of juveniles on why sending kids to prison doesn't work.

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Topics: MST outcomes, evidence-based, Juvenile crime

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