We work to create positive, lasting outcomes for at-risk children, youth, and families in Boulder County by combining the resources and strengths of public and non-profit agencies in a seamless, deeply collaborative partnership.

We value shared responsibility to foster the success of community’s youth by providing individualized services and preventative strategies that produce measurable results. Our partner agencies are confident that sharing risk, responsibility and resources is essential to achieving the most effective outcomes for our youth and our community.


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Keeping youth out of expensive and less effective institutional settings

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Keeping youth out of incarceration

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Identify Underlying needs of youth and family rather than presenting episode

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Help families navigate the system


In addition, our framework produced the following results:

  • Increased early identification of mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders.
  • Reduced program length of stay.
  • Connected youth and families with appropriate services more rapidly.
  • Avoided over-servicing (and under-servicing) of youth.
  • Improved outcomes for youth and families with significant improvement in the areas of depression, anxiety, trauma, school achievement, school attendance and family functioning.
  • Better matched services to youth and family needs while supporting and strengthening protective factors.
  • Supported the shifting of resources

A Collaborative Model

The IMPACT programs address the spectrum of needs of Boulder County’s highest-risk youth. Through IMPACT’s innovative collaborative model, agencies serving this population are able to leverage resources to meet these needs.

These evidence-based, outcome-driven programs have produced significant results for Boulder County’s youth, including reductions in detentions, commitments, and out-of-home placements.

IMPACT’s programs integrate staffing and resources from multiple agencies. Although all of IMPACT’s partners contribute to the successful functioning of the programs, each of the following programs is listed according to the agency in which it is housed.

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Our Partners

Our Story

In July of 1997, a small group of directors from Boulder County Social Services, Community Services, Public Health, District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, 20th Judicial District Probation, and the Mental Health Center started to meet every Monday morning to plan what is now one of the most recognized and successful collaborations in Colorado.

Boulder County Integrated Managed Partnership for Adolescent and Child Community Treatment (IMPACT) was born from these planning meetings.

This group had a vision of a cross agency collaboration that would integrate the intervention systems service delivery model and make any door the right door for Boulder County’s highest risk youth and families.

Through an aligned philosophy and collaborative efforts focused on reducing the numbers of children and youth in residential out-of-home placement and detention, IMPACT saw immediate results and was able, after the first year, to reinvest savings into community-based programs that would help to prevent youth from being placed outside of their home. By developing interagency case staffing, service utilization management and resource gate keeping processes, the IMPACT partnership was able to build on their first year success. Each year since 1997, the Partnership has increased the number of youth who have remained safely in their homes and there has been a steady decline in the number of juvenile criminal filings in Boulder County; the IMPACT programs were and are keeping the youth, their families and the community safer.

Over the past 16 years, IMPACT has continued to evolve to use our collective resources in the most effective way to provide the best possible services to our ever changing community. IMPACT has grown to 11 partners and over 20 programs that continue to serve the Boulder County community.

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