The Center for Disease Control and Prevention defines adolescent mental disorders as changes in how adolescents learn and behave or emotionally respond, causing conflict and distress (Zablotsky, 2020). The most commonly diagnosed mental disorders amongst youth include Attention-Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety, and Behavior Disorders (Zablotsky, 2020). Behavioral disorders are of concern, specifically amongst adolescents, because they can impact current and future social, academic, or home living experiences (CDC,2020).
KS/MST is an adolescent behavioral health intervention program that operates within the Kaiser System (KS) Organization and practices Multisystemic Therapy (MST) to address behavioral disorders amongst local youth. KS/MST defines Multisystemic Therapy as a comprehensive, evidence-based treatment for conduct problems designed to serve multi-problem youth (KS/MST, 2020). Programs like KS/MST are valuable to at-risk youth, their families, and their communities because behavioral health concerns may require an intervention including multiple levels of that adolescent's socio-ecological model. KS/MST continues to provide behavioral health interventions to help families maintain adequate school attendance, avoid arrests and probation, or keep youth out of the foster care system.
A Quality Improvement Project aimed to analyze 415 discharged KS/MST participants by their previous program referral source and county. A cross tabs analysis accounted for the age, gender, and county of discharged KS/MST participants as possible confounding variables of pre-recorded program outcome rates. Program outcome variables are indicators measured for six months following a program participant's discharge date and reflect KS/MST's rate of successfully engaged and discharged participants. Objectives of conducting a quality improvement project included indicating which counties and referral sources produce the highest rates of successful program outcomes and identifying potential confounding variables to determine their rate of influence on discharged participant outcome reports. The overall goal of this analysis was to promote program success and provide information to improve program service delivery.
Recommended CitationScott, Megan, "Multisystemic Intervention Therapy for United States Youth with Behavioral Disorders: A Quality Improvement Project" (2021). Master of Public Health Capstone Presentations. Presentation 372.