Community Based Treatment Programs

DJS implemented Evidence-Based Services (EBS) in 2007 to provide services to DJS youth who have needs that would usually require treatment in an out-of-home placement. Instead, youth who agree to participate in an EBS can live at home in their community. These programs have been scientifically validated to reduce anti-social behavior and recidivism at a fraction of the cost of treating a youth in a facility. DJS utilizes three different EBS therapies to treat youth and their families in the community.

Multisystemic Therapy

Multisystemic Therapy (MST)is a type of therapy that occurs in the community with the youth and his/her family. This intensive approach focuses on the various networks in a youth's life such as family, friends, school, and neighborhood that can influence a youth's antisocial behavior. MST may intervene in any one or all of these networks to address negative influences on the youth.

Functional Family Therapy

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is a type of therapy that occurs in the community that is a family-based intervention for youth. The goal of FFT is to improve the communication and relationships between the youth and his or her family members.

A therapist who is assigned to the family will work with the youth and his or her adult caregiver to develop effective communication and problem solving skills. The therapist will also work with the parent to develop stronger parenting skills.

Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care

Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC) is a type of therapy that is similar to traditional foster care in that a youth is placed with foster parents. However, these foster parents are specially trained and closely supervised to provide a structured therapeutic environment in a home setting. A typical MTFC placement will last for approximately six to nine months. Throughout the MTFC placement, a youth's biological family is encouraged to participate in the treatment.


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