Savio House: Right family, right time, right service

June 25, 2021

Through care, support and education, Savio House is dedicated to eliminating violence, crime, drug and alcohol abuse, child abuse and neglect and other destructive behaviors in families. 

Multisystemic Therapy at Savio

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive family and community-based treatment for juvenile offenders with possible substance abuse issues and their families. MST’s primary goals are to decrease youth criminal behavior and out-of-home placements. 

Although the youth is the client, the MST team at Savio also engages with caregivers and parents by providing tools to support the entire family. The involvement of the whole family is pivotal to the youth’s success. 

There are eight MST teams at Savio and Courtney Fiedler oversees them all. Referrals to the MST Team come in from a variety of places. These can include the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect hotline - 844-CO-4-Kids - directly through county human/social services offices, court systems, probation, pre-trial diversions and school social workers. Once Savio receives a referral, they get to work right away. 

As recipients of the Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program (TGYS) grant, Savio has had an opportunity to expand into rural regions. “Without the support of the grant, this may not have been possible,” said Courtney. “Receiving the TGYS grant has helped our program to connect with other TGYS programs and to expand further west.”

Each MST team uses an evidence-based model to inform the delivery of treatments and services. “It’s important to my team that we provide the highest quality of services and that we are meeting the needs of the community,” said Courtney. “If a family doesn’t really need MST, we don’t stop there, we make sure and assess what they need and then work to help them make the right connection.”

Whatever it takes to strengthen families 

“We encounter a family when they are at their wit's end and are typically feeling disempowered by the system, by what is happening at home. , etc. “We come in and empower them to have better relationships with their communities and almost always, families are always so thankful for our presence,” said Courtney. 

The Savio House MST Team’s motto is “Whatever it takes.”  “We really embody that,” Courtney says. “We go the extra mile and above and beyond for families. We really push families forward and advocate for them.”

Working in partnership with the community to keep families together is at the heart of the MST Team. Ensuring that the right people can connect families to the support they need, making services accessible and keeping an open door by being good partners in the community have been some of the best ways for the MST team to help point families in the community right direction. “Doing our best to identify family needs in the future and asking questions such as what might our community need and how can we help to make that happen? Has really helped our team to make a difference in the community,” said Courtney. “Measurable outcomes are really important, we aren’t just going to say what we’ll do, we are going to do it and measure our impact along the way. “

Working in this field can be challenging, but Courtney keeps going through a mixture of self-care and a dedication to the mission and her team.“Our work is evidence-based – right family, right time, right service. We have great outcomes and amazing staff that are committed to the work that we do and this reminds me that I am in the right place,” said Courtney. 

The Colorado Department of Human Services CO4Kids campaign encourages all Coloradans to strengthen families and communities. If you know of an organization or individual working to strengthen Colorado families and communities that would like to be highlighted, please reach out to Dianna Robinson.

To learn about the signs of child abuse and neglect and for information about how to become a foster or adoptive parent, visit Call 844-CO-4-Kids to report concerns about child abuse and neglect. If a child or teen is in immediate danger, dial 9-1-1.

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