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JOINT INITIATIVES FOR YOUTH AND FAMILIES

For Policy Makers & Elected Officials

We work toward a shift in child policies from punishment and incarceration to prevention, early intervention and sustained child investment.

To view Joint Initiatives' Position Statement on Amendment 64, The Legalization of Marijuana Amendment introduced in 2012, click here.  In the opinion of JI, the passage of Amendment 64 puts the successful lifelong potential of children and youth in our community at risk. 

Overview

Joint Initiatives uses its collective voice to impact legislative and public policy decisions that support integrated, high quality services that are important to the health and well being of our children, youth, and their families.

Services that are not integrated (or siloed), create barriers, increase costs, and do not promote positive outcomes for children, families, or the organizations that serve them.

Our Philosophy
How do we develop our policy statements?

The concepts that JI adheres to in developing public policy statements are:
Examples of bills we supported:

During the 2010 and 2011 legislative sessions, JI supported multiple pieces of legislation.  All of the bills were signed by the Governor.

During the 2010 Session:

HB10-1026 sponsored by Solano and Hodge
This bill created the Colorado Quality in Child Care Incentive Grant Program.

The primary components of the bill:
HB10-1339 sponsored by Pommer and White
This bill concerned the distribution of limited gaming fund monies for the 2009-10 fiscal year.
HB10-1035 sponsored by Massey and Steadman
Concerned eligibility determinations for the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) to promote stability in early childhood care.

Summary:
During the 2011 Session:

HB11-1196 sponsored by Summers and Foster
Provided for flexibility in funding family services.

Bill Highlights:
For additional information, see our Legislative Advocacy and Public Policy Guide.















There can be hope only for a society which acts as one big family, and not as many separate ones.

- Anwar al-Sadat