The basic logic of youth corrections is that if you treat young people like inmates, they'll act like prisoners. If you treat them like young people capable of being citizens, they'll much more likely act like citizens.
MYSI includes former DYS top management staff who help build and develop the “Missouri approach”. Our leader is Mark Steward who was DYS director for 17 years. Our team includes top staff, managers and trainers who helped develop the "Missouri approach."
Now they can help you develop a similar system that fits your juvenile justice reform needs.
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Juvenile Justice Reform: Making the "Missouri Model" an American Model
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WAMC Northeast Public Radio interview recorded live with Dr. Alan Chartock and Mark Steward - Sep 17, 2009
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The Missouri Youth Services Institute (MYSI) is a not for profit organization created to assist juvenile systems in reform efforts. MYSI is led by Mark D. Steward, former Director of the Missouri Division of Youth Services (DYS) for over 17 years. Under his leadership, Missouri’s Division of Youth Services received national and international attention as the “model” state juvenile justice system.
Missouri dramatically changed its juvenile justice treatment programs several decades ago switching from a correctional approach, to regionally based facilities and community programs that emphasize rehabilitation, treatment, and education.
For anyone honestly seeking to transform their juvenile justice system from a correctional model to a positive youth development model, there is no group better than MYSI to help effect that change. MYSI staff truly understood the dynamics of making that kind of huge cultural change in an entrenched system.
They handled their technical assistance/training/coaching role with great skill and sensitivity. We would be nowhere near as far along in our reform efforts without MYSI.
Vincent N. Schiraldi
Director, Department of Youth Rehabilitation (2005-2009),
DC Shifts from Juvenile Corrections Model Toward RehabilitationThe Chicago Reporter, September/October 2010
DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services models new facility after the “Missouri Model”Corrections Forum, May/June 2009
Juvenile justice in Louisiana making transition from confinement to treatmentNew Orleans, LA – Times Picayune