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JOINT INITIATIVES FOR YOUTH AND FAMILIES

At a Glance

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JI was founded in 1989 by Robert Van Cleave of the El Paso County Department of Human Services, Charles Vorwaller of Pikes Peak Mental Health, and Judge Richard Toth, District Court. These three individuals met to discuss their concerns about the number of children and youth that were being placed in out-of-county and out-of-state residential placements. Through this  initial collaboration, out-of-county placements were reduced by 40%.

Joint Initiatives became a Colorado nonprofit corporation in 1995 and obtained tax exempt status in 1996.













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