Running Out of Options
$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.
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
Colorado county leaders blast state officials over mental health, claim 69 foster kids are missing
In a letter to state officials, county human services directors say their caseworkers have had to sleep in office buildings with children because they can’t find them a bed.
Class-action lawsuit alleges Colorado is failing at children’s mental health care
A similar lawsuit in Illinois forced that state to improve its mental health system for kids who qualify for Medicaid.
Colorado’s child protection ombudsman announces new program to review child deaths
The first death reviewed will be that of a 12-year-old who died after running away from Tennyson Center for Children.
Colorado hires private investigators to find teens who went missing when the state abruptly closed a youth center
Amid criticism about the state’s handling of the shutdown, the Human Services Department is paying private investigators $100/hour to find them
Colorado shuts down youth center in Watkins after allegations of drugs, fights and improper restraints of kids
State officials showed up Thursday to remove children from Ridge View Youth Services Center. Several tried to run away and one is still missing.
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.
Colorado may toughen probes into institutional child abuse claims following Colorado Sun/9News investigation
Two children were struck by cars and died after running away from youth residential treatment centers in the Denver area.
Families kept in the dark about children’s safety in Colorado’s child welfare system
Colorado's child fatality review team did not investigate the death of a 12-year-old boy who ran away from a residential center. State officials refuse to release numbers of abuse allegations.
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.
The deadly consequences when kids run away from Colorado residential treatment centers
So many children run away from residential treatment centers in Colorado that police departments are overwhelmed by the calls. Two kids have died.