Keeping ‘Crossover Youth’ From Falling Between the Cracks

(April 6) – Rep. Joe Salazar’s bill to integrate and coordinate management of troubled Colorado youth won voice-vote approval in the House today.

SB18-154, sponsored in the House by Rep. Salazar, D-Thornton, addresses the special category of “crossover youth,” those young Coloradans who are involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. By requiring juvenile services workers to develop unified case management plans and making funding available from marijuana tax revenue, the bill makes sure these youth don’t fall between the cracks, but instead receive the coordinated and comprehensive services and placements they need to go on to productive lives.

“Crossover youth are at greater risk of substance abuse, mental health problems and continued involvement with state-supplied services,” Rep. Salazar said. “By avoiding overlaps and gaps in their case management, this bill helps those youth break that cycle and become successful adults.”

After a recorded vote, SB18-154 will go back to the state Senate for consideration of House amendments.

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