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Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC)

Oregon Social Learning Center
160 East Fourth Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
http://www.mtfc.com

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Contact Information:
Patricia Chamberlain, PhD
Director
541.485.2711
Pattic@oslc.org

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Intervention

Both

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School
High School

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC) is a cost effective alternative to group or residential treatment, incarceration, and hospitalization for adolescents who have problems with chronic antisocial behavior, emotional disturbance, and delinquency. MFTC is based on the Social Learning Theory model. Community families are recruited, trained, and closely supervised to provide MTFC-placed adolescents with treatment and intensive supervision at home, in school, and in the community; clear and consistent limits with follow through on consequences; positive reinforcement for appropriate behavior; a relationship with a mentoring adult; and separation from delinquent peers.

Program Descriptors Include:
Bullying/Violence, Community Collaboration, Family/Parental Involvement, Mentoring/Tutoring, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Misbehavior

Community factors

  • Youth social attitudes

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Clear social norms

Competence

  • Social competencies

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Unspecified

Counselors
Social Workers
Parents

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Unspecified

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

Evaluation results showed that MTFC was not only feasible but also, compared with alternative residential treatment models, cost-effective and led to better outcomes for children and families. One clinical trial of MFTC that included several follow-ups over a two-year period, demonstrated that program youth compared to control group youth: spent fewer days incarcerated at 12-month follow-up, had significantly fewer subsequent arrests, and had significantly less hard drug use in the follow-up period.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

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