Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is a pilot project awarded to Youth Bridge by the Division of Youth Services (DYS) in 2010. A court-referred service, MST is a unique goal-oriented, comprehensive treatment program designed to serve multi-problem youth in their community. It is the only family-focused and community based treatment program that has:
- Been the focus of several major research studies
- Demonstrated clinical and cost effectiveness for youth with complex emotional, social, and academic needs
Therapeutic services are provided in the home, school, neighborhood and community. MST Therapists are available 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week. Caseloads of therapists are small (4-6 families per therapist) and treatment is intensive, often including multiple contacts with the family and other participants every week (2-5) hours per week). The length of treatment averages 2-5 months. This program serves youth ages 12-17 living in Washington, Madison, Benton & Carroll Counties who are at high risk of commitment to DYS. Youth Bridge is the first licensed MST program in Arkansas.
For more information, contact Judy Sweet at 479-636-0083.