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Becky Miller Updike

Becky Miller Updike
Becky Miller Updike

$76 million could fix Colorado’s youth mental health system, study finds as kids are sent out of state for care

“We don’t do this to kids with cancer.” Residential treatment centers for youth have warned for years that they’re headed for collapse.

Politics and Government

Advocates to push for overhaul of Colorado’s youth residential centers — and they’re looking to Florida for help

The plan follows a Colorado Sun/9News investigative series on the number of runaways from youth residential facilities, plus months of meetings

Politics and Government

Colorado child welfare panel begins work on preventing abuse at residential youth centers

The process is likely to take a year and includes state and county child protection staff, plus foster family groups and residential treatment centers.

Politics and Government

With bites, bruises and low pay, caretakers for Colorado’s troubled youth say there’s not enough staff to keep kids — and each other — safe

The state has shifted funding to child abuse prevention and away from residential centers for youth who’ve suffered trauma. Now those centers are on the edge of a financial cliff.

Sun Investigation