CPO’s Juvenile Facilities Roundtable Hosts Presentation on the ‘Smaller is Better’ Treatment Model for Youth in Commitment

The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado presented research about how the implementation of smaller, community-based and homelike treatment facilities are impacting committed youth.

Every quarter, the CPO hosts the Roundtable on Juvenile Facilities (Roundtable). These public meetings provide youth advocates a space to learn and share information about topics that are impacting youth in Colorado’s juvenile detention or commitment facilities.

During the August 2021 Roundtable, representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado presented research about how certain commitment and/or detention facilities across the nation are implementing a new model of treatment and supervision to help improve outcomes for the youth they serve. The presentation provided an overview of the model, including how services are provided to youth in smaller, homelike and community-based setting, and detailed the resources and partnerships that are needed to sustain it.

The following handout provides additional information about the model of care:

  1. U.S. Department of Justice Handout
  2. ACLU “Smaller is Better” Presentation

Please join us during the 2022 Roundtable meetings. These quarterly meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • February 17, 2022
  • May 19, 2022
  • August 18, 2022
  • November 17, 2022

Meetings are from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. and are hosted virtually.

To receive Roundtable communications and/or to join the meetings, please reach out to Tiffany Madrid, Director of Legislative Affairs and Policy at tmadrid@coloradocpo.org