Treatment Retention

The Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) program is remarkably effective in engaging and retaining youth and their families in treatment, particularly when one considers that nationally representative treatment programs engage only one out of every three adolescents who are referred for drug abuse treatment. 


  1. Results in publication.
  2. Rowe, C. L., Rigter, H., Gantner, A., Mos, K., Nielsen, P., Phan, O., & Henderson, C. (2013). Implementation fidelity of Multidimensional Family Therapy in an international trial. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 44(4), 391-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2012.08.225
  3. Riverside County Department of Mental Health, Research & Evaluation (2015). Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy: Full service partnership outcomes report. Riverside, CA: Riverside County Department of Mental Health.