Bobby, a bright, affectionate, and respectful boy, was living in a home filled with mental illness, drug activity, and the freedom to do whatever he wanted. This environment facilitated his involvement in gang-like activities such as theft, which left a criminal conviction on his record. He was also failing the majority of his school work. Obviously, Bobby’s young life was in turmoil and he was sent to live with his grandmother.
At age 12, Bobby entered the Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) Program at Caritas Family Solutions. It was then discovered that he had ADHD, sleep apnea, and asthma. He explained that the medication he was given was not effective and he often missed school due to sleep issues. The MST team became an advocate for Bobby at school and assisted him with obtaining the proper medications to treat his illnesses. The team also facilitated a relationship between Bobby’s grandmother and school officials as well as relationships with parents of his peers.
The MST program empowered Bobby to be active in school activities, covering the costs for him to participate in football and after school tutoring. At the end of the program, Bobby was earning A’s and B’s, attending school regularly, and participating in football. Family arguments diminished greatly as his family, with the help of MST counselors, gained skills like trust, communication, understanding, and identifying with one another’s needs. In addition, three months after closure, his grandmother called to invite his therapist to attend a school football game, starring Bobby!