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Reducing Youth Recidivism with Multisystemic Therapy in Underserved Communities

Roughly one third of Colorado youth who spend at least a day in secure detention each year live in communities without a licensed MST provider. MST is an intensive home-based intervention for youth ages 12-17 whose behaviors put them at high risk for juvenile justice involvement and/or have problems with substance abuse. This pilot project evaluates the impact of the MST expansion on youth recidivism in eight Colorado counties.

Potential Health Care Cost Savings of Dual-Enrollment in Medicaid and SNAP

Colorado ranks among the lowest in the nation in terms of the percentage of the population receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) with about 60% of eligible residents participating. This study examines the impact of SNAP enrollment on healthcare costs–particularly emergency room visits and hospitalizations–among Colorado residents enrolled in Medicaid. If the study identifies substantial cost savings, it will provide a fiscal reason for increasing enrollment in SNAP among those who are eligible.

Inventory and Analysis of Brightfields in Colorado

Increases in population and development are contributing to a loss of agricultural land and open spaces–land that could be redeveloped for renewable energy and further contribute to Colorado’s economic base. As part of Governor Polis’s goal for 100% renewable energy by 2040, this project, via a web mapping application, enables stakeholders to identify existing suitable sites for renewable energy redevelopment.