According to the MST Services, LLC online blog post titled, “State Success Guide: MST in Louisiana” released on August 7, 2018, “Louisiana was an early adopter of Multisystemic Therapy (MST). The initial wave of research on the treatment model caught the eye of researchers in the state, who were impressed with the outcomes reported and advocated for the state to adopt the model. In 1995, the first MST team was funded through a criminal justice grant, and over the years the model grew steadily, thanks largely to strong support for MST in Louisiana from the court system.” MST Services recognizes Dr. Stephen Phillippi, Associate Professor and Program Director, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, LSUHSC School of Public Health, as a key champion of MST in Louisiana. MST states, “His work in rewriting the standards for the youth drug court were instrumental in the growth of MST, and he continues to advocate at the state level to promote widespread use of evidence-based practices in general.” Click here for the full blog post.
Dr. Phillippi is the Program Chair of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center– a research, teaching and service oriented academic program of the School of Public Health. He is also the Director of the Institute for Public Health & Justice working to bring evidence-based practices and supportive policies to states and local communities.