BUFFALO, N.Y., Oct. 20, 2015 - Catholic Charities of Buffalo Multisystemic Therapy (MST) program supervisors in Niagara County recently honored Burt Marshall, director of Niagara County Social Services, with an international award for his support of MST for more than 15 years.
Marshall was recognized as the All Star in the Champion category by MST Services, an international organization that strives to keep troubled juveniles from being placed outside of the home. He had previously received the Whatever it Takes award earlier in 2015, and was chosen from other Whatever it Takes winners this year to be presented the All Star award. Marshall is now eligible to win the annual Whatever it Takes award.
"Burt oversees the MST contract in Niagara County, and has been a large supporter and advocate of the program," said Marie Andersen-Strait, coordinator of Catholic Charities' MST program. "He was also a big part of bringing MST into Niagara County."
In the nomination letter submitted by Catholic Charities Lockport MST supervisor Dana Saj stated, "Burt has a solid understanding of how MST works and what that means for most effectively serving the community in which he plays such a vital role. He is open to hearing feedback about how MST and Department of Social Services staff are working together and is willing to problem solve any concerns that come up."
"What makes MST work so well is giving skills to parents, and that is what sets it apart to me," explained Marshall. "I'm here to make a difference in their future, to make a difference in their lives."
MST is an intensive, family focused intervention serving at-risk youth and their families that strives to change how youth function at home, school and in the neighborhood, promoting positive social behavior and decreasing anti-social behavior. Specially trained professional staff works with youth ages 12-17, their families and the systems in which they interact.
In 2014, Niagara County MST served more than 150 youth and their families. Of nearly 100 youth who had the full course of treatment, 98 percent to continue to live at home, 88 percent were in school and/or working and 88 percent had no new arrests at discharge.
MST serves youth and families in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Erie and Niagara counties. Last year across Western New York, MST served more than 370 youth and their families. For more information about MST or any other Catholic Charities service, go to www.ccwny.org.
In 2014, Catholic Charities served more than 142,000 people in need in Western New York. For 92 years, Catholic Charities has been making a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity in Western New York. Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives. In all situations, Catholic Charities delivers support to meet immediate needs, and then assesses clients for other needs to ensure long-term success. It is the most comprehensive human service provider serving Western New York. Catholic Charities is an excellent steward of the contributions it receives. For five years, Catholic Charities attained the highest-possible rating (four stars) from Charity Navigator for transparency and sound fiscal management, and the agency receives the highest ratings from the Council on Accreditation for quality service.
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