Working to improve public policy is often the best way to address the underlying problems facing the people many nonprofit agencies serve. It has been compared to "going upstream" to fix the railings on a bridge to prevent people from falling into a river, rather than only pulling them out after they've fallen in. In an ideal world we would do both.
This bill represents an opportunity gain for Colorado. By creating six family advocacy demonstration programs across the state, families with seriously mentally ill juvenile delinquents will be better able to access appropriate mental health treatment.