BSFT® Program News : 2014

Left to Right: Elia Simon, MC, LPC, Kim Egan, M.A.E.d, LPC, and Steve Ginsberg, Chief Executive Officer, Touchstone Behavioral Health

Touchstone Behavioral Health Continually Strives For Excellence

For the past 11 years, Touchstone has implemented the Brief Strategic Family Therapy® (BSFT®) model to apply evidence-based services to families at risk for abuse and neglect or using drugs. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, Touchstone is the oldest running BSFT program provider. The BSFT program was initiated at Touchstone in 2003 and has continued to serve families using the BSFT model.

Under the leadership of Timothy Dunst, President and Steve Ginsberg, Chief Executive Officer, Touchstone’s mission is to “partner with youth and their families to provide evidence-based services and support to help them acquire the skills to live productive and responsible lives.”

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Monica Zarate, LMHC, Senior BSFT Model Manager trains a team of BSFT Therapists at JCCA.

Jewish Child Care Association is Now the Largest Provider of BSFT Services in New York City

Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA) began implementation of the Brief Strategic Family Therapy® (BSFT®) program in June, 2013 with three teams of therapists. JCCA converted their large General Preventive Service program in Brooklyn when the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) gave agencies the opportunity to change their preventive services programs to an evidence based model.

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Brief Strategic Family Therapy® Program Sets Milestones in New York City

The Brief Strategic Family Therapy® (BSFT®) program was awarded $6 million by New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). The award was opened for competitive applications from providers wishing to participate in the Specialized Teen Preventive Program, whose mission is to provide evidence based family therapy to troubled teens at risk of being removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. Along with the BSFT model, other Evidence Based Programs such as Multisystemic Therapy (MST), Functional Family Therapy (FFT), and Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC) were also awarded funding by ACS. In April 2013, ACS issued awards to three providers to implement the BSFT program.

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