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MST General Inbox

Tricia Wiltse, MA, LMHC
MST Director
(360) 918-7889

Jessica Pickert, MSW, LICSW
MST Supervisor

Alicia Ferris, MS, LMHC
Chief Clinical Officer

MST Therapists
Allison Upton, MS, LMFT
Brian Bragdon, MA, LMHC
Clove Pellant, MSW
Craig Dickson, MA, LMHC
Kalea Christensen, MA
Melissa Czichas, MA

ON CALL PHONE IS FOR MST CLIENTS AND FAMILIES ONLY. Please check with your therapist regarding the on-call availability and process -
(360) 918-7869

Ready to refer a youth?
Submit COMPLETED referral forms to us via:

Fax: (360) 943-0785

In Person: Main Reception - 3rd Floor, 711 State Ave. NE, Olympia, WA 98506

Multisystemic Therapy Program (MST)



MST is an evidence-based program that provides intensive, short term (3 to 5 months) home, school and community-based services to adolescents and their families who experience challenges in multiple areas of their lives, such as:

  • Family Conflicts
  • School
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Mental Health
  • Anti-Social Behavior (physical aggression, property destruction, defiance, pervasive rule breaking, stealing, delinquency, fire setting, animal cruelty, etc.)
  • Child Welfare (history of placement in out-of-home care, family history of child abuse and/or neglect)
How do I make a referral?

MST program referral form and release of information (ROI), CLICK HERE
*Note: If you are unable to fill it out online, just print a blank copy of this form and hand write the information before submitting it to us.


Ready to submit the referral for a youth and/or family? Submit the COMPLETED referral form and ROI to MST one of the following ways:

  • Fax to 360-943-0785
  • Attach and send in an encrypted email (to protect all personal information listed on the referral form):
  • Mail to the main office: C/O MST 711 State Ave NE Olympia, WA 98506
  • Bring to the front desk of our main office- located on the 3rd floor of CYS

Services to Youth and Families

Any combination of the following services can be provided to the youth and their family within the MST Program duration:

  • Family therapy
  • Marital therapy
  • Individual sessions with the youth
  • Individual sessions with the parent(s)/caregiver(s)
  • Evaluation of the youth’s peer network and arranging alternative, pro-social activities
  • Consultation with schools
  • Consultation with other service providers in the family’s life
  • Consultation with the referent
  • Liaison activities with school systems, courts, mental health providers, and private agency staff

Expected Outcomes

MST is designed to support families who are building improved positive relationships, improved school functioning (academic and behavioral), decreasing negative behavior, and decreasing involvement with the legal system.

MST provides services to the client and family 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, when and where those services are needed. Possible outcomes include:

  • Improved family relationships                  
  • Improved placement stability
  • Improved school functioning
  • Decreased anti-social behavior
  • Improved parenting skills
  • Improved parent, youth and community accountability
  • Decreased delinquent behavior and reduced recidivism
  • Enhanced pro-social activities for youth and family
  • Enhanced pro-social peer relationships
  • Decreased association with deviant peers
  • Increased natural and community supports for youth and family
  • Reduced substance abuse
  • Reduced mental health challenges
  • Decreased suicidal ideation, gestures and attempts

Who can receive MST services?

  • Residents of Thurston and Mason Counties
  • Youth are 12-17 years of age
  • Youth who are Medicaid enrolled (click here to apply for Medicaid)
    • Up to 4 families can be served for youth who are not Medicaid enrolled
  • Youth who demonstrate anti-social behavior
  • Youth who have demonstrated challenges in at least 2 areas:
    • Family Conflicts
    • School
    • Juvenile Justice
    • Mental Health
    • Child Welfare (including families involved with CPS)

Who does NOT qualify for MST services?

  • Non-residents of Thurston or Mason Counties
  • Youth living independently or whom do not have a committed caregiver
  • Youth who are residing in temporary care (less than 6 months)
  • Youth who have a Pervasive Developmental Disorder diagnosis (i.e. Asperger’s, Autism, Developmentally Disabled)
  • Youth who are referred PRIMARILY due to concerns related to suicidal and/or homicidal behavior that is imminent and/or recent 
  • Youth who have severe and serious psychiatric problems
    • Actively psychotic
    • Diagnosed with schizophrenia
  • Juvenile sex offenders who do not demonstrate other delinquent or anti-social behavior

The MST Program model has many specific principles, which include finding the fit between identified problems and how they impact the youth and families’ environment. By utilizing the youth and families’ strengths, MST Therapists can help the family build strategies for larger successes in their futures. Family members are expected to work actively to achieve goals, as well as youth, to decrease identified problems and increase positive changes for long-term successes.

Check out our one page MST Program Summary.

CYS’ MST Program has many community and team components that help a small team program be such a big success in our communities:

CYS’ MST Core Team is comprised of Thurston and Mason County stakeholders. They provide guidance and support regarding interventions, quality assurance, data collection and reporting, referrals and social marketing.

CYS’ MST Team is committed to proactive collaboration and communication with all members of each family’s MST team, including the referent and other service providers.

CYS’ MST Therapists will maintain consistent, frequent contact with each family’s referent for consultation and to provide updates on the progress for each client.



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