News Release – March 30, 2009

Contact: Mac Prichard
mac@prichardcommunications.com; (503) 517-2772

Federal Funding Available To Improve Juvenile Justice and Treatment Services

Additional Communities Sought to Strengthen Juvenile Drug Court System
through Reclaiming Futures Model

Portland, OR (March 30, 2009) — New federal funding is available to extend the Reclaiming Futures model into more juvenile drug courts across the country. The $3.675 million grant investment was announced this week by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The FY 2009 Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity for Juvenile Drug Courts application is for juvenile drug court systems that want to integrate the Reclaiming Futures model to help teens break the cycle of drugs and crime.

CSAT will award up to three grants of approximately $200,000 per year over four years to fund the screening, assessment, and treatment components of the program. OJJDP anticipates making a one-time award of up to $425,000 per grantee to support court and service components for the entire four year grant period.

“Research tells us that Reclaiming Futures is working and we are pleased that the federal government is once again providing support to spread this innovative approach to even more communities where teens need our help,” says Laura Nissen, national program director for Reclaiming Futures.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched Reclaiming Futures in 2002 to change the way judges, probation officers, treatment providers, families and community members work to help youth in the justice system overcome problems with drugs and alcohol. The Reclaiming Futures model recommends screening each teen that enters the juvenile justice system for drug and alcohol problems, assessing the severity of his/her drug and alcohol use, providing prompt access to a treatment plan coordinated by a service team; and connecting the teen with employers, mentors, and volunteer service projects.

Independent evaluation by the Urban Institute and the University of Chicago’s Chapin Hall Center for Children shows the Reclaiming Futures model is working. The evaluation found that communities that piloted the Reclaiming Futures model reported significant improvements in juvenile justice and drug and alcohol treatment. It also indicated positive change in the way juvenile justice and substance abuse agencies communicate and cooperate to serve youth and families.

The deadline for the CSAT/OJJDP grant opportunity is May 5, 2009. To download an application, please visit http://www.samhsa.gov/grants/2009/ti_09_004.aspx. Only drug courts can apply for funding, but they can subcontract services to addiction treatment providers. Courts must demonstrate strong alliances with providers in order to win the grants. Questions regarding the treatment component of the grant should be addressed to Randy Muck at 240-276-1576 or randy.muck@samhsa.hhs.gov. Questions about the drug court model can be asked to Mark Morgan at 202-353-9243 or Mark.Morgan@usdoj.gov. Inquiries regarding the Reclaiming Futures model can be made to Jim Carlton at 503-725-8954 or jcarlton@pdx.edu.

About the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. OJJDP supports states and communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs and to improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects public safety, holds offenders accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitative services tailored to the needs of juveniles and their families. http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org.

About the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation’s substance abuse prevention, addictions, treatment, and mental health services delivery system. Through its Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) SAMHSA provides support for treatment of addictions. www.samhsa.gov.

About Reclaiming Futures
Reclaiming Futures is an initiative created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that offers a new approach to helping teenagers caught in the cycle of drugs, alcohol and crime. Now in 23 communities across the nation, the program has received additional investments to spread its model from RWJF, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. The national office of Reclaiming Futures is housed in the Regional Research Institute of the Graduate School of Social Work at Portland State University. For a list of our 23 locations and more information, please visit www.reclaimingfutures.org.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For more than 35 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. www.rwjf.org

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