The Multi-Systemic Therapy Transitional Age Youth Program (MST-TAY) is a promising evidenced based model that provides intensive individual treatment for transitional age youth (ages 17-20) with both a recent history of criminal involvement and mental health challenges. The MST-TAY program is a research pilot project brought to NAFI CT through a partnership with the Department of Children and Families, the Medical University of South Carolina, and the University of Massachusetts.
The goal of MST-TAY 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 six 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 are 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 6 months of aftercare. NAFI CT works collaboratively with the model developers to ensure optimal quality assurance and outcome attainment.
Diane Thompson, MA
746 Chapel Street, 4th Floor
New Haven, CT 06510
- Program Type: In-Home Service
- Service Types: Mental Health, Behavioral Health
- Gender: Male and Female
- Capacity: 12
- Ages: 17-20 years old
- Length of Stay: 6 months of clinical treatment with an additional 6 months of Life Coach support
Greater New Haven and outlying area
- Department of Children and Families (DCF)
- Adult Probation
- Parole Services