Kauai Intensive Support Services provide individualized services to families and youth with serious behavior, social, and emotional challenges. These issues negatively affect youths' ability to successfully live at home or remain in school and they interfere with positive productive family and peer relationships.


Services are planned and delivered in partnership with key family members and system personnel, including for example: parents or legal guardians; care coordinators and other behavioral health professionals; justice/law enforcement personnel; school staff; other relatives or adults connected with the youth; other service providers.


Treatment strategies are grounded in established clinical theory and empirically-supported therapeutic principles. Interventions are evidence-based and focus on key factors in each of the following areas:

  • Family networks and relationships
  • School or job performance
  • Peer connections and relationships
  • Neighborhood and community networks and supports

What specific therapeutic models does the Kauai Intensive Support Services program use?


Multisystemic Therapy (MST)

What is MST?

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an evidence-based treatment program for youth with serious and complex problems who live at home. Therapists work with youth and their parents on specific goals that will enable the youth to continue living at home, going to school or to work and avoiding arrest or re-arrest.


Therapists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, wherever and whenever necessary. Therapists work with no more than four to six families at a time. Treatment is intensive, including daily or weekly multiple contacts with family members and others.


How do families obtain MST services?
Youth and their families are screened by and referred to Parents And Children Together through Family Guidance Centers located throughout the state.


Where do MST services take place?
Therapists work wherever necessary in the community, in family homes or in Parents And Children Together offices.


How long do MST services last?
Generally up to three to five months.


Where are MST services located?
Parents And Children Together MST therapists are on the islands of Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Molokai.


Who is Kauai Intensive Support Services program for?
MST has been effective with chronic, violent delinquents and youth with serious and complex emotional, social and academic needs.


Is there a fee?
Services are free of charge.