Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) Quality Assurance
Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive, in-home, community-based treatment for adolescents with antisocial and/or delinquent behaviors. It is family driven and focuses on empowering caregivers to solve current and future problems. Families are full collaborators in the treatment process and delivery is focused on the parents as the long-term agents of change. MST therapists assess the youth’s behavior in the context of the youth’s entire ecology: family, peers, school, neighborhood, etc.
MST serves children between the ages of 12 and 17 and all referrals are made through the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) or the Court Support Services Division (CSSD) of the Judicial Branch. Funding for the program is provided by either DCF or CSSD.
ABH® provides all training and consultation services for the 20 standard MS teams in Connecticut. We also serve as a liaison between state contractors, providers, and key community stakeholders. ABH monitors data for quality assurance purposes and analyzes the data to be used for system improvements at the larger system level as well as the agency and team levels.
Michael Williams, LMFT, MST Program Manager
Phone: (860) 704-6436
Fax: (860) 704-6438
Successes and Milestones
Since 2003, MST has served over 5,000 families. Of those families:
- 85% of the youth remained in the community at the time of discharge
- 84% of the youth were in school or working at the time of discharge
- 74% had not been rearrested during treatment at the time of discharge
- In 2009, ABH received the Science to Service award from SAMHSA for implementation of an evidence-based practice.
- In 2009, the ABH quality assurance team received the “Whatever it Takes” award from MST Services for demonstrating outstanding and meritorious service within the MST community.