Multisystemic Therapy for Emerging Adults (MST-EA) / DCF Teams

The Multisystemic Therapy for Emerging Adults (MST-EA) provides intensive individual treatment for young adults who are aging out of the child welfare system to transition to the adult treatment system for their serious mental illness and/or substance misuse treatment.

The goal of MST-EA treatment is to stabilize youth with significant mental health impairment and other high-risk behaviors within the community through intensive multi-weekly treatment sessions for up to twelve months. The clinical focus is on safety preservation, crisis management, establishing natural supports and increasing life skills to support the youth’s transition into adulthood. Immediate social and family resources are also integrated into treatment to promote a healthy natural social support network for the client and to sustain treatment advances. Youth are treated as part of an interdisciplinary team and can be assigned a life coach to work with the identified client on supplemental life skills, vocational, educational, and social reinforcement needs throughout treatment and for an additional two months of aftercare. NAFI CT works collaboratively with the model developers to ensure optimal quality assurance and outcome attainment.

Program Contact:

Diane Thompson

Hartford, Manchester, and New Britain DCF Offices:
49-51 Wethersfield Ave.
Hartford, CT 06114
Phone: 860.560.0558
Fax: 860.560.0769

Bridgeport, Milford, and Waterbury DCF Offices:
295 Washington Ave. Suite 2
Hamden, CT 06518
Phone: 860.716.5932
Fax: 203.773.1503

Program Information:

  • Program Type: In-Home Service
  • Service Types: Mental Health, Behavioral Health
  • Gender: Male and Female
  • Ages: 17-21 years old
  • Length of Stay: Average 8-12 months of clinical treatment with an option of up to 2 months of Life Coach support post clinical treatment

Locations Served:

Hartford, Manchester, New Britain, Bridgeport, Milford, and Waterbury Regions

Referring Agencies:

  • Department of Children and Families