Multisystemic Therapy With Psychiatric Supports (MST-Psychiatric)


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MST Institute


Multisystemic Therapy with Psychiatric Supports (MST-Psychiatric) is a psychological treatment program for children and adolescents that has demonstrated reductions in suicide attempts, among other positive outcomes, in children and adolescents. It is available from MST Services for a fee.

Designation as a “Program with Evidence of Effectiveness”

SPRC designated this intervention as a “program with evidence of effectiveness” based on its inclusion in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

Outcome(s) Reviewed (Overall Quality of Research Rating-scale of 0 to 4)

1: Mental health symptoms (3.5)
2: Family relations (3.3)
3: School attendance (3.1)
4: Suicide attempts (3.3)
5: Days in out-of-home placement (3.0)

Read more about this program’s ratings.


* NREPP changed its review criteria in 2015. This program is a “legacy program,” meaning that it was reviewed under the pre-2015 criteria. The evidence for each outcome was reviewed and scored on a scale of 0-4, with 4 indicating the highest quality of evidence and 0 indicating very poor quality of evidence. The overall rating was based on ratings of six criteria: 1) reliability of measures, 2) validity of measures, 3) intervention fidelity, 4) missing data and attrition, 5) potential confounding variables, and 6) appropriateness of analysis. When considering programs, we recommend (a) assessing whether the specific outcomes achieved by the program are a fit for your needs; and (b) examining the strength of evidence for each outcome.

2012 NSSP Objectives Addressed: 

Objective 8.3: Promote timely access to assessment, intervention, and effective care for individuals with a heightened risk for suicide.