Blueprint Programs for Juvenile Offenders

Posted by Katherine Erickson, LCSW

With The Blueprints Conference wrapping up this week, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on the various evidence-based programs available for juveniles. Blueprints uses a rating scale of Promising, Model or Model+ to rank programs. Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is one of only two programs to be given the Model+ rating. Click here to read more about the rankings.

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is rated a Model program by Blueprints. Both are effective in working with youth involved in the juvenile justice system.


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Topics: MST and FFT

Evidence Based Practices Help Georgia’s Juvenile Offenders

Posted by Dan Edwards, President, Evidence-Based Associates

Georgia Has Over 50% Decline in Juvenile Out of Home Placement

The state of Georgia saw impressive declines in out-of-home placements of juvenile offenders during the first nine months of a statewide initiative that implemented evidence-based practices led by Gov. Nathan Deal. According to the “Report of the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform 2015” released early this year, “Among the counties participating . . . felony commitments and placements . . . dropped more than 62% statewide over a nine-month period ending in October 2014, dramatically exceeding the 15% goal set when the grants were awarded.”


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Topics: MST and FFT, MST outcomes

Pennsylvania Improves Juvenile Justice System with Evidence-based Programs

Posted by Lori Moore and Lee Ann Cook

The state of Pennsylvania adopted a new strategy in 2012 to improve its juvenile-justice system. It was intent on following the precepts of the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Balanced and Restorative Justice philosophy, which seeks to help young offenders and their families while protecting the community.  

As part of this goal, a conference is held annually to share ideas, study results and run workshops highlighting the practices, programs and initiatives provided across the state. A part of this year’s theme was “The Right Service for the Right Youth for the Right Amount of Time.”2014_conference_website_01

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Topics: Juvenile Justice Reform,, MST and FFT, Pennslyvania,

What's the Difference Between MST and FFT? A Provider's POV

Posted by Katherine Erickson, LCSW

Two different evidence-based programs each have unique pros

SHIELDS for Families has been using both Multisystemic Therapy (MST) and Functional Family Therapy (FFT) off and on since 2004. Some might ask why not one or the other? They both are evidence-based models and work with the whole family and the offender—with good results.

Before going further, it should be said that at my agency, SHIELDS, they are used quite differently. MST deals with youths who are repeat violent offenders having committed several serious crimes. Many can be characterized as hard core and will very likely end up incarcerated. FFT works with high-risk juveniles who might have committed lesser crimes.


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Topics: MST and FFT

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