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General overview

Stage of development: Implementation

Policy sector: Child and family welfare

Date outcomes contract signed: Dec 2018

Start date of service provision: Jan 2019

Capital raised (minimum): USD 1.27m

Service users: 616


The intervention is based on Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST), an intensive family- and community-based intervention for at-risk youth to reduce criminal justice involvement.

Target population

Colorado youth between the ages of 12 and 17 residing in underserved regions selected by the Lead Provider and the State in accordance with the 2018 OSPB MST Request for Information (“RFI”) in accordance with the youth inclusion and exclusion criteria articulated in the Evaluation Plan.



  • United States

Service delivery locations

  • Pueblo, Greeley, Grand Junction, Adams, and Broomfield counties, Colorado, USA

Outcome metrics

  • Therapist Adherence Measures score. Percentage of MST teams with an average TAM score of 0.61 or better. Service provider data.
  • Reductions in secure detention. Percentage change in probability of secure detention relative to control group (above 10% threshold). Service provider data.
  • Reduction in out of home placements. Percentage change in probability of out of home placement relative to control group (above 15% threshold). Service provider data.
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