Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) Quality Assurance (QA)
Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) is a family-based, outpatient intensive treatment model developed as an alternative to residential treatment for high risk, delinquent, and drug-using adolescents. This evidence-based practice has been recognized nationally and internationally as among the best approaches for treating adolescent substance abuse. It is also used in residential treatment and group home settings.
Funded through the State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), there are currently 28 MDFT teams in Connecticut. ABH manages the statewide implementation of MDFT teams and provides quality assurance, including clinical consultations and trainings, to ensure high fidelity to the model.
Robyn Anderson, MDFT QA Program Director
Phone: (860) 638-5336
Successes and Milestones
In 2011, statewide MDFT teams:
- Served over 360 families, achieving significant reduction in substance abuse, school truancy, and new arrests.
- Reported significant improvement in family functioning for those receiving services.