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Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST)

MST is an intensive family and community-based treatment program that addresses all environments that impact high risk youth – homes and families, schools and teachers, neighborhoods and friends.
MST teams:

  • Travel to the youth and are on call 24/7
  • Work intensively to empower parents and caregivers
  • Work with caregivers to focus youth on school and gaining job skills
  • Introduce youth to recreational activities as an alternative to hanging out with anti-social peers

Vera French operates the 1st MST Team in Iowa.


MST delivers superior clinical and financial results with community reduction in incarcerations, mental health services, and crime rates.

Referral Qualifications:

  • Between the ages of 12 and 17
  • Risk of residential placement or incarceration
  • Involvement with the law or probation
  • Substance abuse
  • School truancy or difficulties in school
  • Family conflict
  • Aggressive behavior

Because of generous support from the Hubbell Waterman Foundation, Scott County Regional Authority, Regional Development Authority, and Genesis Philanthropy, Vera French was able to bring the MST treatment model to the Quad Cities.

To refer to our Vera French MST team, contact Joyce at (563) 949-1812 or morrisonj@verafrenchmhc.org

More MST information and resources can be found at the links below:

Infographic Resources provided by MST:

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