Legislature discusses plan to increase investments in Youth Intervention Programs

Senator Melisa Franzen (DFL-Edina) was joined by members of the Youth Intervention Programs Association (YIPA) in a press conference this week to highlight the benefits of intervention programs. Senator Franzen is carrying legislation to boost funding for the program and increase YIPA’s percentage of state funding.

“This is a great investment on two fronts,” said Sen. Franzen. “The first is our investment in our kids. Youth who participate in intervention programs do better in school, have better life skills and 90 percent don’t commit a new offense while in a program. The second investment is in our budget. When considering the cost of alternatives such as incarceration and recidivism, this is a great deal for Minnesota.”

A recent study by Wilder Research and the University of Minnesota found that every dollar invested in the Youth Intervention Program receives a $4.89 return on investment. At $2,000 a year per youth, the state’s investment in intervention programs are more cost effective than alternatives like Residential Treatment ($75,300 a year) or Group Homes ($56,100 a year).

“It is important to offer our youth help before strict measures are needed,” said Sen. Franzen. “YIPA has a great track record in helping youth in school and improving goal setting skills. These are skills that will last the rest of their lives, and we should continue to support YIPA’s efforts.”

For more information on this legislation, Sen. Franzen can be contacted by calling her office at (651) 296-6238 or by emailing her at sen.melisa.franzen@senate.mn.

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