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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 894.27k

Service users: 840 individuals


The intervention is designed to serve runaway youth and their families by meeting where they are, including at home, within 72 hours
of the report of a runaway incident and then connecting them to services aimed at preventing child welfare or juvenile justice involvement. The intervention is based on Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST), a program that provides intensive in-home services for adolescents at risk for placement, utilizing family and community supports to reduce juvenile delinquency, as well as Functional Family Therapy (FFT), an integrated system for clinical assessment and successful family-based treatment of at-risk adolescents.

Target population

Youth aged 10 - 17, who have run away from their homes or guardians.



  • United States

Service delivery locations

  • Denver County, Colorado, USA

Involved organisations

Outcome metrics

  • Take up rate of services. Percentage of youth in treatment group responders refer to a service included in the Denver Project Service Array. Service provider data.
  • Reduction in new criminal charges. Percentage change in of new criminal charges one year after randomization relative to control group. Denver Police Deparment administrative data.
  • Reduction in out of home placement. Percentage change in of out of home placements one year after randomization relative to control group. Denver Police Department administrative data.
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