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Title V

In San Diego County, specific gaps exist in the areas of prevention and early intervention services for mentally ill juveniles. San Diego County Probation Department, in partnership with the San Diego Unified School District, was awarded a grant from the California Board of Corrections to develop and implement the Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) Program in hopes to reduce the current gaps in mental health services. This evidence-based intervention targeted youth who were diagnosed with conduct disorders and were at risk of entering the juvenile justice system or were first time offenders who committed non-serious offenses (ages 12-18).

The program targeted youth who live in areas of the county with a high prevalence of delinquency and significant need for mental heath services. Specifically, the MST program targeted 60 youth who were enrolled at the Monroe-Clark Middle school or the Alternative Learning for Behavior and Attitude School.

The San Diego Unified School District contracted with the Criminal Justice Research Division to conduct both a process and outcome evaluation. Data were collected through standardized assessments, student performance records, Juvenile Probation databases, Automated Regional Justice Information System, and follow up client and family interviews. 

Project Manager

Sandy Keaton, Senior Criminal Justice Research Analyst
Phone: (619) 699-6933, Email:

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