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November 2014


Community Solutions Receives 10-Year MST Award
Community Solutions, Inc. is proud to announce that it received the 10-Year Network Partnership Award from MST Services at the 2014 MST Network Partner Conference in Charleston, SC. Since 2004, CSI has been a licensed Network Partner of MST (Multisystemic Therapy) Services, playing a key role in producing best outcomes, ensuring fidelity to the treatment model, and meeting the increasing demand for MST.

MST is an intensive, community-based treatment approach for adolescents struggling with a myriad of issues, including substance abuse, truancy, and other delinquent behaviors. MST is evidence-based (34 studies have been performed on the model) and cost-effective. A study performed by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy estimated savings of $31,000 to $131,000 for each youth served by MST. The model uses the strengths of multiple systems (e.g., family, peers, school, neighborhood) to facilitate change, leading to success across multiple environments.

In 1999, Community Solutions became the first licensed MST provider in New England. Since that time, CSI has provided MST treatment and therapy to thousands of at-risk juveniles and their families. CSI's implementation of the model has grown to include programs in numerous states, including Georgia, New Jersey, Maryland, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania. CSI operates an MST Training Center in Atlanta, GA and has been featured in two MST Services training films.

Additionally, CSI provides MST training, consultation, and quality assurance to a number of agencies throughout the United States and Canada, resulting in lowered turnover rates and increased positive outcomes for at-risk youths and their families. The 10-Year award continued the successful history of CSI's implementation of MST:
  • In October 2013, 21 CSI employees working within the MST programs received "10-year service" pins at the MST International Conference.
  • In both March 2011 and July 2010, CSI received the "MST Sustained Excellence Award", given to therapists who ranked in the top one percent of their peers in adherence to the model.
  • In March 2009, CSI was honored with MST "Whatever It Takes" Awards in three categories, highlighting the outstanding service and commitment demonstrated by therapists.
  • In November 2008, CSI's Lycoming County, PA MST Program won the Community-Based Program of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges Commission.
  • In July 2008, CSI was the first recipient of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's "Science to Service" Award, given for exemplary implementation of evidence-based interventions to prevent and treat mental illness and substance abuse.
For more information on MST, please visit the following links:
http://mstservices.com/
http://www.csi-online.org/youth_services/mst.html