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 initially 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 program is currently overseen by the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, Court Support Services Division.
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.
Leila Connor, LPC
Team One – Bridgeport/Milford/Waterbury Office:
295 Washington Ave. Suite 1
Hamden, CT 06518
Team Two – Hartford/Manchester/New Britain Office:
49-51 Wethersfield Ave.
Hartford, CT 06114
- Program Type: In-Home Service
- Service Types: Mental Health, Behavioral Health
- Gender: Male and Female
- Capacity: 16 per team
- Ages: 17-21 years old
- Length of Stay: 6 months of clinical treatment with an additional 6 months of Life Coach support
Hartford, Manchester, New Britain, Bridgeport, Milford, Waterbury Regions
- Court Support Services Division
- Adult Probation