MST-FIT: Breaking the Cycle of Recidivism for Juvenile Offenders

Posted by Laurie Spivey

Oct 1, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The revolving door of juvenile offending can be stopped

When juvenile offenders move from incarceration back home and into their communities, it is a crucial period. Unfortunately, that period often results in a revolving door for seven of 10 released youths. They revert to committing crimes and are locked up again. MST-FIT, (Family Integrated Transitions) an adaptation of Multisystemic Therapy, has proven to be an effective way to break this cycle. It is an intensive six-month family and community-based treatment program that strengthens the family’s ability to support their youth and keep them out of trouble.

Watch this video to learn what a judge, the director of the University of Washington’s Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy, an MST-FIT therapist and two participants think about the intervention. Be prepared for the emotional graduation ceremony at the end. 

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Topics: Troubled Youth