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Multisystemic Therapy (for High Risk Youth)


Multisystemic Therapy Services (MST) is an intensive, family-focused intervention, serving families with delinquent youth ages 12-17 who are at risk of formal Person In Need of Supervision (PINS) action or being placed outside of their home.

Youth must have chronic behaviors such as: noncompliance, verbal and/or physical aggression, truancy, school failure, not following curfew, running away, illegal substance use, and/or criminal activity in two or more environments such as home, school and/or community.

Services are provided in the natural environment of the youth- family, peers, school, and community. We believe that there is good in families. Families are empowered to solve the youth's own behavior because they are the most influential part of the youth's life. Interventions are research-based and family, school and peer factors are targeted as this is linked to delinquent and drug use behavior.

Consistent outcomes found MST to have:

  • Higher consumer satisfaction
  • Decreased long term rates of re-arrest
  • Decreased longer term rates of days in out of home placements
  • Improved family relations and functioning
  • Increased in mainstream school attendance
  • Decreased adolescent substance use

MST therapists are master level staff who oversee four to six families at a time to dedicate the attention families needed. A key feature of MST is the 24 hour, 7-day availability to families in the program. Average treatment time is three to five months. MST also has highly structured processes for quality assurance.

We are proud to be able to offer this service at no cost to families in Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.

In 1997, Catholic Charities chose to be an MST provider  to help  address the strong needs of delinquent youth and their families in our communities. Research over 25 years has proven the value of  the evidence-based program MST.

Catholic Charities is honored to be a licensed MST Network Partner and is committed to disseminating the MST model with full integrity and fidelity. MST is highly supported by research organizations such as U.S Surgeon General, U.S Department of Justice and National Institute on Drug Abuse amongst many others.

We are considered a Model Program under Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development. Blueprints Programs

For more information on MST, you may visit MST Services.

For more information about how to bring MST to your community, please contact:

Marie Andersen-Strait, LMSW
MST Program Manager
Catholic Charities
3982 Main St.
Amherst, NY 14226
(716) 204-0555, ext. 330
marie.andersen-strait@ccwny.org

Elizabeth Mayer, LMSW
MST Systems Supervisor/Program Director
Catholic Charities
3982 Main St.
Amherst, NY 14226
(716) 204-0555, ext. 307
elizabeth.mayer@ccwny.org 

Contact Info:

Erie County

Melanie Ricketts, MSHS
MST Program Supervisor
Catholic Charities
3982 Main Street
Amherst, NY  14226
(716) 204-0555, ext. 306
melanie.ricketts@ccwny.org

Erie County Preventive MST is pleased to be funded by Erie County Department of Social Services.

Lori Bentley, LMSW
MST Program Supervisor
Catholic Charities
930 Genesee St.
Buffalo, NY 14211
(716) 597-0756, ext. 2263
lori.bentley@ccwny.org

Erin DeWolfe, MSW
MST-SA Supervisor
Catholic Charities
33 Wilkesbarre Avenue
Lackawanna, NY 14218
(716) 822-6877, ext. 210
erin.dewolfe@ccwny.org

Melissa Sommerville, MHC
MST Program Supervisor
Catholic Charities
930 Genesee St.
Buffalo, NY 14211
(716) 597-0756, ext. 2253
melissa.sommerville@ccwny.org

Erie County Juvenile Justice MST is pleased to be funded by Erie County Department of Mental Health.

Niagara Falls

Jackie Richter, LCSW-R
MST Program Supervisor
Catholic Charities
644 Park Place
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
(716) 282-4991, ext. 13
jackie.richter@ccwny.org 

Niagara Falls MST is pleased to be funded by Niagara County Department of Social Services and Niagara County Department of Probation through the Collaborative Evidence-Based Initiative/J-RISC Grant.

Lockport and North Tonawanda

Dana Spinelli, LMSW
MST Program Supervisor
Catholic Charities
450 Bewley Building
Lockport, NY 14094
(716) 478-0035, ext. 216
dana.spinelli@ccwny.org

Lockport and North Tonawanda MST is pleased to be funded by Niagara County Department of Social Services.

Southern Tier

Anne Miles, LMSW
MST Program Supervisor
Catholic Charities
2636 West State Street
Holiday Park Centre, Suite 301
Olean, NY 14760
(716) 372-0101, ext. 219
anne.miles@ccwny.org

Southern Tier MST is pleased to be funded by Cattaraugus Department of Social Services and Allegany Department of Social Services.

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