Multisystemic Therapy

Mid-Plains Center is proud to offer Multisystemic Therapy (MST). For over 20 years, Mid-Plains Center has offered this intensive family- and community-based treatment program that focuses on addressing all environmental systems that impact chronic and violent juvenile offenders -- their homes and families, schools and teachers, neighbourhoods and friends. MST recognizes that each system plays a critical role in a youth's world and each system requires attention when effective change is needed to improve the quality of life for youth and their families. MST works with the toughest offenders ages 12 through 17 who have a very long history of arrests.

  • MST therapists go to where the child is and are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • The therapist works intensively with parents and caregivers to put them in control.
  • The therapist works with the caregivers to keep the adolescent focused on school and gaining job skills.
  • The therapist and caregivers introduce the youth to sports and recreational activities as an alternative to hanging out.

MST is based on evidence:

This means it has been proven to work and produce positive results with the toughest kids. It blends the best clinical treatments—cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior management training, family therapies and community psychology to reach this population.

Program Goals:

MST “empowers parents with the skills and resources needed to independently address the difficulties that arise in raising teenagers and to empower youth to cope with family, peer, school, and neighborhood problems.” Within a context of support and skill building, the therapist places developmentally appropriate demands on the adolescent and family for responsible behavior.

After 30 years of research and 18 studies, MST repeatedly has been shown to:
  • Keep kids in their home, reducing out-of-home placements up to 50 percent.
  • Keep kids in school.
  • Keep kids out of trouble, reducing re-arrest rates up to 70 percent.
  • Improve family relations and functioning.
  • Decrease adolescent psychiatric symptoms.
  • Decrease adolescent drug and alcohol use.

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Also by appointment.

914 Baumann Drive
Grand Island, NE 68803
(308) 385-5250
Fax: (308) 385-1105

245 South 84th St, Ste. 212
Lincoln, NE 68510
(402) 261-9273
Fax: (402) 261-9274

4111 4th Ave, Ste. 38
Kearney, NE 68845
(308) 865-0014
Fax: (308) 865-0017