New research from University of Colorado and Children’s Hospital Colorado finds that participating in HealthySteps averted future mental health costs for mothers and their children. What is more, the savings in terms of future mental health care is greater than the cost of administering the program. Simply put, the research suggests that investing in HealthySteps today, prevents larger mental health costs in the future.
Economic estimates vary but in terms of cost averted the program cost of $575 per child likely averted between $641 and $959 in future costs.
In Colorado HealthySteps is supported by Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) which serves as the state program office.