New MST Teams in Georgia Join Effort to Redirect Youth
MST Services has begun working with the state of Georgia as part of a statewide initiative led by Governor Nathan Deal to use evidence-based interventions to decrease felony commitments and placements in short-term programs.
Working closely with Evidence-Based Associates (EBA) and service provider Grace Harbour to rollout and implement the programs, MST Services created teams in Cherokee and Clayton counties, both of which served their first youth in October. The goal for Cherokee, with a team of two therapists and a supervisor, is to serve 23 youth by June 30, 2016. The Clayton team of three therapists and a supervisor expects to serve 33 youth.
“EBA has been a committed partner in the governor’s initiative since July 2013 and is excited to add MST as a part of this project,” says Nicole Janer, director of operations for EBA. Because MST provides a whole family approach, increased contact between youth and family, and the option for therapists to be in the home an average of three to five times a week, it’s an ideal match for the counties that are looking to support families whose children would otherwise be detained, she says.
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