Anders Jacobson named Division of Youth Corrections leaderThe Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) has named Anders Jacobson the new director of the Division of Youth Corrections (DYC) in the Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF). He has served as interim director since September 2016.
Jacobson has worked in the juvenile justice field for 21 years, with 20 of those years spent in leadership roles at residential units and facilities operated by the state and in the private sector. He was named the associate director of DYC in September 2013.
“Anders is an exceptional leader and brings extensive knowledge from his more than two decades of experience,” said Robert Werthwein, Ph.D., director of OCYF. “Anders places high regard on the welfare for youth, families and staff. He has a strong vision for the Division of Youth Corrections’ path of excellence.”
As the director of DYC, Jacobson has complete oversight of the division’s advanced service delivery system, with a strong focus on outcomes and cross-system partnerships to ensure quality services are provided to youth in the division’s care. He is also responsible for relationships with community residential and non-residential providers and juvenile justice stakeholders, including judicial and legislative relationships.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to continue to move Colorado juvenile justice in a positive direction and to work collaboratively with partners inside and outside the division to provide the best services possible to the youth and families we serve,” Jacobson said.
He begins his new duties immediately.