Opportunity Board Roundup: Juvenile Justice Grants, Jobs, Webinars and Events

by Bridget Murphy

Below you’ll find a selection of the latest grants, jobs, webinars and events posted to our Opportunity Board. Please share the Reclaiming Futures Opportunity Board with your colleagues in the juvenile justice, adolescent substance abuse and teen mental health areas. It’s free to browse and post! Webinars Housing, Homelessness and the Role of Addiction Recovery… Read More »

Hardin County Convenes Local Leaders at Annual Stakeholder Meeting

by Susan Richardson

Last week, Hardin County Juvenile Court convened its annual stakeholders meeting, gathering leaders from local businesses, churches and agencies to share progress on Reclaiming Futures’ impact through new data, and insight into the future of the program.

Randy Muck, Senior Advisor of Advocates for Youth and Family Behavioral Health, speaks at the Hardin County Juvenile Court stakeholder meeting

Judge Steven Christopher shared results from Hardin County’s participation in a statewide pilot program to study medically assisted treatment for opiate abuse. He noted positive results. Of the 69 percent of people in his family treatment court, zero percent relapsed or experienced recidivism.

Progress like this is being recognized nationally, and according to The Ada Herald, one of Hardin County’s local newspapers, Reclaiming Futures in Hardin County is considered a “‘best practice model’ teen drug court” due to its cutting edge program.

Speakers at the meeting also reported on the progress of Hardin Community School, a state-chartered public school or “community school” for educationally at-risk junior and senior high students. This “recovery high school” is a first in Ohio, and is uniquely suited to foster the success of students in drug and alcohol recovery. The school was implemented with assistance from The Ohio Department of Education and National Association of Recovery Schools.

Hardin County also maintains a close partnership with Ohio Northern University (ONU) for data evaluation and mentorships, which was also highlighted at the stakeholder meeting. ONU’s sociologist Dr. Keith Durkin shared new Global Appraisal for Individual Needs (GAIN) data that illustrated the social, psychological and behavioral indicators of at-risk teens. According to The Ada Herald:

“An analysis of the GAIN data provided information on substance abuse, criminal offending; psychological diagnoses, family and residential risk factors and education status. According to findings in Durkin’s research, teens most at risk have mental health issues, family dysfunction, are one or more grades behind in school and need some kind of mentorship program to foster their recovery.”

And Hardin County’s partnership with ONU does just that. Reclaiming Futures Fellow and First Lady of ONU Chris DiBiasio shared the benefits of connecting ONU staff and students with Hardin County youth, both at Hardin Community School and at the college. She emphasized the importance of mentoring opportunities in developing a positive path for at-risk youth, citing a music workshop hosted at the University as just one example of potential mentoring activities.Hardin County stakeholder meeting

Wade Melton, program director of Hardin County Juvenile Court and director of Hardin
Community School, cites the annual stakeholder meeting as a productive way to share progress and elicit feedback.

“Our stakeholder meetings gives us an important opportunity to connect with community members to share our wins and our hurdles. Everything we do to improve the lives of at-risk youths also goes back into the health and growth of our local community, so it’s crucial to have these touchpoints, to hear stories and generate new ideas.… Read More »

Opportunity Board Roundup: Juvenile Justice Grants, Jobs, Webinars and Events

by Bridget Murphy

Below you’ll find a selection of the latest grants, jobs, webinars and events posted to our Opportunity Board. Please share the Reclaiming Futures Opportunity Board with your colleagues in the juvenile justice, adolescent substance abuse and teen mental health areas. It’s free to browse and post! Webinars Housing, Homelessness and the Role of Addiction Recovery… Read More »

Pew Charitable Trusts Release In-Depth Look at Poor Outcomes and High Price of Incarcerating Juveniles

by Cecilia Bianco

A recently released report from Pew Charitable Trusts has emphasized the need for change in the juvenile justice system as it reveals that many current practices are high cost with poor outcomes. The report highlights the growing body of research indicating that “lengthy out-of-home placements in secure corrections or other residential facilities fail to produce… Read More »

The Solution to a 27.47 Ton Problem

by Mike Garrett

April in Dayton, Ohio generally means the winIMG_4366ter weather is starting to break. Snow showers and subzero temperatures are replaced with rain showers and flowers. For some neighborhoods in Dayton, Ohio the break in the weather brings light to a major issue. The issue of illegal dumping is highly visible once the piles of snow have melted away. In some instances, neighborhoods have been left with tons of trash and debris.  For several blocks certain alleyways can be found with couches, mattress, appliances and construction waste.

On April 1, 2015 Montgomery County Juvenile Court hosted its fourth annual community cleanup in the Fairview Neighborhood. This was a community effort, with multiple partners coming together to improve the appearance of one of our city’s neighborhoods.… Read More »

Re-Examining Juvenile Incarceration; News Roundup

by Kate Knappett

Juvenile Justice Reform Re-Examining Juvenile Incarceration  (The PEW Charitable Trusts) Pew’s Public Safety Performance Project demonstrates how alternatives to juvenile incarceration may produce better results and be a better investment for taxpayers. OP-ED:  Community Engagement as a Key to Juvenile Justice Reform (Juvenile Justice Information Exchange) Juliana Stratton, Executive Director of Cook County Justice for Children in Chicago, asserts… Read More »

Recovery Support Services for Youth and Families

by Bridget Murphy

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and the April issue of The Atlantic features a story titled – “The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous” by Gabriella Glaser. The article sheds light on the recovery support service of 12-step programs through interviews with research and practice experts and personal testimonials. The article reports that while it’s difficult to… Read More »

Opportunity Board Roundup: Juvenile Justice Grants, Jobs, Webinars and Events

by Christa Myers

Below you’ll find a selection of the latest grants, jobs, webinars and events posted to our Opportunity Board. Please share the Reclaiming Futures Opportunity Board with your colleagues in the juvenile justice, adolescent substance abuse and teen mental health areas. It’s free to browse and post! Webinars CJJR Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile… Read More »

Commitment to Youth Comes Through Strongly in Readers Survey

by Donna Wiench

Responders to Reclaiming Futures’ eNewsletter readers’ survey say they want to read about Juvenile Justice, Youth Development, Family Engagement, Youth and Family Voice, Disproportionate Minority Contact, and the School to Prison Pipeline.  Most responders to the Fall survey report working in juvenile justice or with teen behavioral health treatment organizations, and both the personal as… Read More »