AIP is the first licensed provider in Massachusetts of Multisystemic Therapy (MST), a research-proven and cost-effective mental health treatment approach for youth with serious behavioral problems. Through our MST program, AIP provides home-based MST treatment for youth ages 10 to 18 in Boston, Massachusetts, and the surrounding towns of Revere, Everett, and Chelsea.
In 2006, the Boston Public Schools asked AIP to launch a Multisystemic Therapy Program for students with delinquent and unmanageable behavior from ten public schools in the Dorchester/Roxbury and Jamaica Plain neighborhoods of Boston. AIP’s MST team was developed to be the most treatment-intensive component of the school district’s multi-pronged Safe Schools/Healthy Students federal grant initiative, a continuum of supports and services to reduce the high rates of disengagement, anti-social behavior, and school failure in these ten schools. With this start, AIP became the first MST provider in Massachusetts.
In the fall of 2006 the Massachusetts Department of Social Services contracted with AIP to establish a second MST team, to serve youth living in the Greater Boston Department of Social Services’ catchment area. Working with the Department of Social Services, AIP’s second MST team began treating children with significant aggression, misbehavior, and disobedience problems in the Spring of 2007.
MST is a pragmatic, goal-oriented, family- and community-based treatment that addresses the causes of serious anti-social behavior in youth who are at high risk for out-of-home placement. MST focuses on the factors associated with major behavioral problems in the key systems in youths’ lives: their families, their peer networks, their schools, and their neighborhoods. Using the strengths of each system to foster positive change, MST promotes behavior change in youths’ natural environments. MST mobilizes individual, family, and community resources to support and maintain behavioral change.
For more information about AIP’s MST program:
How Does MST Work?
How to Access Service
or contact the AIP MST Program Supervisor.
For more information about the Multisystemic Therapy model, go to www.mstservices.com