Multidimensional Family Therapy

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Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) is an innovative and evidence-based intensive in-home program for youth ages 9-18 presenting with substance abuse issues, oppositional behaviors and family conflict. The MDFT team provides clinical interventions and strategies coupled with connecting the youth to services in the community, collaborating with internal and external providers, as well as addressing educational needs. The MDFT team works with the youth and families for approximately four to six months.

Our Program

  • Helps youth understand the connections between drug use, criminal behavior and mental health
  • Helps youth to acquire skills that enhance positive peer relations, healthy self-esteem, connection to school and community activities, increased autonomy and an emotional connection to family members
  • Increases parent and family member engagement by:
    • Helping families to learn and apply skills that improve the relationship with their child or sibling
    • Increase parental knowledge of successful parenting practices
    • Improving day-to-day and intimate communication
    • MDFT also offers crisis intervention 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

In 2015

  • 94% of youth remained at home at time of discharge
  • 89% of youth were in school at time of discharge
  • 74% of youth had no new arrests during their time with the MDFT program

We serve youth and their families in:
Ansonia, Avon, Beacon Falls, Berlin, Bethany, Bethlehem, Bloomfield, Bozrah, Branford, Bristol, Burlington, Canton, Cheshire, Colchester, Derby, East Hartford, East Haven, East Lyme, Farmington, Franklin, Glastonbury, Griswold, Groton, Hamden, Hartford, Kensington, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Lyme, Madison, Meriden, Middlebury, Milford, Montville, Naugatuck, New Britain, New Haven, New London, Newington, North Branford, North Haven, North Stonington, Northford, Norwich, Oakville, Old Lyme, Orange, Oxford, Plainville, Plymouth, Preston, Prospect, Rocky Hill, Roxbury, Salem, Seymour, Shelton, Simsbury, Southbury, Southington, Sprague, Stonington, Terryville, Voluntown, Wallingford, Washington, Waterbury, Waterford, Watertown, West Hartford, West Haven, Wethersfield, Windsor, Wolcott, Woodbridge and Woodbury.

Locations

43 Woodland Street
Hartford, CT 06105

458 Grand Avenue
New Haven, CT 06513

74 East Street
Plainville, CT 06062

50 Brookside Road
Waterbury, CT 06708

Funding Sources
Connecticut Department of Children and Families, and the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, Court Support Services Division

Positive Outcomes
Youth participating in Wheeler’s MDFT program had positive outcomes in key program measures including attending school or working at discharge.

See more of our positive outcomes in Wheeler’s Continuum of Care FY16 report.

World-Class Customer Service
Wheeler routinely solicits input from clients regarding their experience with the services they receive via an agency satisfaction survey. See Wheeler’s Continuum of Care FY16 report for the most recent response data.

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