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News Release
April 4 , 2008

Media Contact:  Tina Clark, APR
Director of Development & Community Relations
207-784-4110 x 158
For more information about this
contact Tina at tclark@tcmhs.org

 

New Hope for Families and At-Risk Teens

 

CUMBERLAND COUNTY – When troubled adolescents really get into trouble at school, at home, or with the law, an entire family is at risk. Now there is a new option for them in greater Portland, coastal, and Lakes Region of Maine.

            Tri-County Mental Health Services is pleased to announce the expansion of Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) services into the region.  For over four years, the agency has provided this evidence-based home and community-based service for at risk youth and their families in Androscoggin, Oxford, Franklin and Northern Cumberland counties, with tremendous results. Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive program for youth with emotional and behavioral disturbances, and antisocial behavior, including substance abuse, aggression, problems with relationships, in school, and more.  MST is specifically for youth at risk of out-of-home placement or incarceration.   In addition to preserving families, MST provides long-term savings to society. It can be estimated that by preventing a high-risk youth from embarking on a criminal life path, a savings of $1.7 to $2.3 million can be generated.

            Pat Proulx-Lough, Tri-County’s MST Team Leader, says MST is the #1 rated Evidence-Based Practice in the nation for effectiveness as well as cost savings. What sets it apart, she says, is the low case load, 24 hour access to help, and the fact that the program works in the home, at school, and in the community. “We work with the whole system, go wherever the family needs us to go, and do whatever it takes.”  MST is strengths based, and works with the family’s natural supports to help empower parents and give hope to the entire family that is at risk of being torn apart. Tri-County maintains an active license and consultation with the MST Institute and demonstrates a high degree of adherence to the treatment model and successful client outcomes. There is only one other agency in Maine certified to provide this intensive service. For information and referrals, please call Pat Proulx-Lough at 783-4663 ext. 265 or Tri-County Mental Health Services’ Referral Line at 1-888-304-HOPE (4673).

           Tri-County Mental Health Services is one of Maine’s most respected and progressive agencies dealing with the psychological and social well-being of children, adults, and elders. TCMHS serves over 8,000 individuals each year in Androscoggin, Northern Cumberland, Franklin and Oxford counties and beyond with innovative programs and services addressing mental health, substance abuse, mental retardation/developmental disabilities, autism, and more.  The agency is a state, regional and national leader in trauma-informed and recovery-based service delivery, and strives to offer hope to individuals, families, and communities.  Visit www.tcmhs.org for more information.