Frequently Asked Questions

 What is EPIC and where did it come from?

EPIC stands for Evidence-Based Practices Implementation for Capacity.  The project was created by the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCCJJ) in 2009 to implement evidence-based practices into the criminal justice system.  The CCCJJ generates recommendations aimed at improving the criminal justice system in effective and long lasting ways, which is especially important in a time when resources are limited.  EPIC was created based on several recommendations made by the CCCJJ subcommittees and was funded primary with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant dollars and Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) dollars.

In the 2013 legislative session House Bill 13-1129, supported by Representative Brittany Petterson and Senator Linda Newell, was signed to create a permanent resource center within the Division of Criminal Justice. The EPIC Resource Center will “assist agencies serving juvenile and adult populations to develop, implement, and sustain effective science-based frameworks to support the use of evidence based practices”. To review the full legislation please click on the following link  HB1129.  

     Who is EPIC?

Please click here to view the EPIC Organizational Chart. For more information about the EPIC Resource Center staff, please click here

 What is EPIC doing?
We are a small group whose purpose is to promote actualization of human potential. We work to evolve the justice system to its greatest potential for positively impacting the lives it touches. We are taking on the challenge of promoting a more collaborative justice system that can advance toward a common goal. In service of this task we undertake our work with persistence, with support for each other, and with a clear focus on the purpose of our work. We value collaboration, determination, innovation and adaptation. Our mission is to engage and strengthen the justice system to promote the actualization of human potential by building capacity for high fidelity use of evidence-based core correctional practices through implementation science. 

We currently have been focused on helping communities build implementation capacity by facilitating structured group meetings across the state. There are currently 17 teams that meet frequently to discuss and plan for implementation issues within their community. We are also helping to build capacity with Motivational Interviewing by creating new Change Agents and MI Coaches within the state.