Boys and Girls Village

Multi Systemic Therapy - Building Stronger Families (MST-BSF)

MST-BSF (Multi Systemic Therapy – Building Stronger Families) is an adaptation of the MST model. MST-BSF is a unique, goal-oriented, in-home comprehensive treatment program designed to serve families with founded child abuse and neglect, and a caregiver who struggles with substance use.

MST-BSF is designed for families with complex, multi-system involvement who come to the attention of child protective services due to:

  • adult physical abuse and/or neglect of a child(ren)
  • adult substance use and abuse problems
  • youth at risk of removal from their home

MST-BSF teams provide comprehensive in-home treatment for families addressing all presenting problems utilizing highly specialized interventions. Substance use, anger management, trauma and PTSD, family conflict, communication and employment are all targeted areas of this program. The goal is to eliminate physical abuse, neglect and problematic substance use, while preserving and reunifying the family unit. A Master’s Level Clinician provides individual, parent, and family therapy in the home. Clinicians meet with the family 3-5 times per week for up to 9 months. Treatment also includes psychiatric consultation and medication management as needed. A Crisis Caseworker will work with the family to connect them with additional services and supports.