Taking FAST to Scale: Preventing Youth Violence and Delinquency

Families and Schools Together (FAST) is an evidence-based prevention model, identified by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Created in Wisconsin in 1988 by Dr. Lynn McDonald, FAST outreach and multi-family groups have a track record of engaging low-income parents of high risk children in 800 communities in 45 states and 5 countries. The overarching DOJ project goals are to maintain outcomes while reducing intervention costs; refine a quality assurance structure of trainers, manuals and checklists to ensure fidelity of local replications; and integrate results of new brain research and randomized controlled trials on FAST towards program reduction of violence, aggression, and family conflict.


US Dept. of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention


Completed on August 31, 2007

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Mary Tedeschi