Multi Systemic Therapy (MST)

  1. New Mexico Evidence Based Practices
  2. Multi Systemic Therapy (MST)

What is Multi Systemic Therapy (MST)? 

Multi Systemic Therapy (MST) is an evidence-based intensive home-, family- and community-focused treatment for youth with serious externalizing, antisocial or delinquent behavior. The overarching goal of MST is to keep youth who have exhibited serious problems at home, in school, and engaged in pro-social activities. Through an intensive, yet relatively short-term (3-5 month) approach, MST therapists aim to uncover and assess the functional origins of adolescent behavioral problems across the different systems that impact the youth and family.

MST is delivered to a family by a therapist who is part of a small team of 2-4 therapists plus a supervisor that are fully dedicated to providing the MST model. Because MST is delivered in the home and community, each MST team has a service delivery area that can expand up to 90 minutes from the office. Therapists arrange for 24/7 coverage for families.

Population Served

MST enrolls youth between the ages of 12-17 who meet the criteria of having an imminent risk of out-of-home placement; physical and/or verbal aggression at home, school or in the community; delinquency; antisocial behaviors, and/or substance abuse.

For more information:

MST Interest Form

If you have received some training in MST but do not currently meet the MST qualification standards, or if you are interested in starting an MST Team at your agency, please complete the MST Interest Form. The information you provide will be used to guide NMSU Center of Innovation’s future trainings to support providers in achieving the MST qualifications required for the MST specific rate.

Current Providers Application

This application is only for current providers already trained in this EBP to determine eligibility for specialized Medicaid rates. Information for new providers interested in starting training and consultation will be released in the coming months. 
Please sign up for the Center of Innovation Newsletter to receive future training and consultation opportunity updates.

EBP Provider Suggestion Form

Are you able to recommend specific provider agencies interested in or practicing MST or other Evidence-Based Practices or would like to share other outreach opportunities EBP providers can be recruited from? If so, complete the EBP Provider Suggestion Form