MST Staff at the Regional Office in Carterville to hold Open House
Carterville, Ill. (March 29, 2018) –Caritas Family Solutions, a nonprofit social service agency in Southern Illinois, was awarded a $60,000 grant from the Illinois Association of Juvenile Justice Councils (IAJJC) to support the Multisystemic Therapy (MST) program offered through its Regional Office in Carterville. The grant funding was made available through the Violence Prevention Project for a target audience of at-risk youth in Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson and Saline counties.
An open house is scheduled for Monday, April 9, 2018 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Caritas Family Solutions, 10286 Fleming Road in Carterville, Ill., 62918. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to meet the MST staff and learn about the services offered. Principals, teachers, counselors, social workers, judges, probation officers, and anyone who is interested in learning more about MST is encouraged to attend. For directions or more information, call 618-985-2000.
Caritas Family Solutions has provided MST services since 2014. Initial funding was secured through Union County’s participation in Redeploy Illinois, a state-wide program to decrease juvenile incarceration through community programs that maintain public safety and promote positive outcomes for youth. With the additional grant funding from the IAJCC, Caritas can expand MST services to a wider geographic area with a less restrictive referral process.
“We are very grateful for this generous grant to expand our MST program,” said Gary Huelsmann, chief executive officer at Caritas Family Solutions. “MST has produced amazing results that save money every year by keeping at-risk youth out of trouble and out of jail. We work the program to help them reach their full potential and go on to lead productive lives.”
MST is an intensive family and community-based treatment program that addresses all environments that impact high risk youth: homes and families, schools and teachers, neighborhoods and friends. Therapists empower parents and caregivers to focus the youth on school and gaining job skills as well as introducing them to recreational activities as an alternative to negative behaviors. Evidence has shown that MST significantly reduces arrest rates and incarceration costs. More information is available at www.mstservices.com.
Founded in 1947, Caritas Family Solutions is a charitable organization whose mission is to provide direct services that meet the social and emotional needs of people of all ages. Services include adoption, pregnancy care, foster care, counseling, residential treatment for abused and neglected children, multisystemic therapy for at-risk youth, independent living for adults with developmental disabilities, and assisted living and employment assistance for low-income seniors. Caritas serves more than 4,500 individuals annually across Southern Illinois from offices located in Belleville, Carterville, Mount Vernon, Olney, East Alton, and Effingham. For additional information, visit www.caritasfamilysolutions.org.