News Release – April 26, 2004

April 26, 2004 — Treatment Grant Recipients for Reclaiming Futures A National Program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Anchorage, Alaska — Currently, the majority of Alaska youth in trouble with the law do not have access to appropriate mental health and substance abuse treatment. Reclaiming Futures Anchorage will use their $100,000 grant to expand the service system’s capacity to provide culturally relevant, integrated treatment services to local teens. This will be accomplished through supporting local providers’ efforts to expand residential treatment, creating ways for local providers to regularly share best practices across agency boundaries, and seeking additional funds that will result in enduring increases in the system’s capacity to deliver culturally competent services to Alaska ‘s youth. Media contact: Maureen McGlone, (907) 277-4177.

Chicago, Illinois — Reclaiming Futures Cook County will use the award to improve the county’s ability to offer a menu of evidence-based treatment services to teens entering the justice system. The grant will provide for increased coordination between agencies, technical assistance and training on evidence-based models, in order to improve the assessment process and offer more integrated treatment, including family involvement as a core component. As a result, 120 young people from the North Lawndale community of Chicago will benefit from “wraparound” services appropriate that address their specific needs and strengths . Media contact: Donald Robinson, (312) 433-5605.

Dayton , OhioReclaiming Futures Montgomery County, plans to improve the level of treatment for youth and families in Montgomery County through coordination of care and community involvement. The funds will be used to develop an evaluation process to regularly examine the quality of care, as well as the barriers to providing effective care. Also, the grant will allow Montgomery County to implement a continuing care model and create care coordination teams made up of treatment service providers, judges, probation officers and natural helpers, for every youth in the system. In addition, community members and stakeholders will have the opportunity to participate in improving treatment for youth in the justice system through focus groups, an advisory group and neighborhood-based support groups. Media contact: Al Minor, (937) 496-6939

Southeastern Kentucky — The $100,000 grant will help Reclaiming Futures in the Mountains of Kentucky provide youth in the justice system with access to quality substance abuse treatment close to home. This includes increasing the number of local residential services and, for the first time, offering school-based substance abuse treatment services. In addition, through creation of a “master clinicians” sustainability program, the funds will ensure adolescents in trouble with the law continue to have access to these community-based substance abuse treatment services in the years to come. Media contact: Kari Collins, (606) 666-9006.

Marquette, MichiganReclaiming Futures Project W.E.A.V.E. (Willingness to Explore Approaches that Validate and Embrace Youth) will direct its funds toward resource and fund development, as well as leveraging community partnerships to enhance community-based systems of care for youth who pass through Marquette County ‘s juvenile court . B est practices will be designed to address young people’s individual needs through specialized approaches. Also, the grant will aid policy initiatives on the local and state levels aimed at strengthening access and programming for care, treatment and recovery. Reclaiming Futures Project W.E.A.V.E. helps 50 to 60 teens annually. Media Contact: Liz Smith, (906) 228-8176.

State of New HampshireReclaiming Futures New Hampshire will use their grant money to improve the quality of substance abuse treatment for the 50+ New Hampshire youth who pass through drug court each year. With these funds, adolescent treatment providers will receive advanced training on the latest research and effective methods emerging in the field, and have the supervision and peer support to implement these best practices in communities across the state. In order to sustain this high level of care, a portion of the award will be devoted to developing the grant writing skills of community treatment agency directors, so they can better compete for federal dollars to treat teens entering the justice system with alcohol and drug problems. Media contact: Maria Gagnon, (603) 271-6418.

Portland, Oregon— Research indicates family involvement in therapy is a key factor in an adolescent’s success in substance abuse treatment. As a result of the grant, Reclaiming Futures Multnomah Embrace will hire a consultant to assess the degree to which Multnomah County treatment agencies are involving families, the current strategies in place, and the existing barriers to family involvement. Together, the consultant and agencies will identify and implement adolescent treatment protocols that make family involvement a key part of treatment. By encouraging families to interact with counselors and increasing family members’ attendance at treatment sessions, parenting skills groups and family therapy sessions, teens in the justice system will have better outcomes in treatment and be much less likely to re-offend. Media contact: Benjamin Chambers, (503) 988-4516.

Rosebud, South Dakota — Reclaiming Futures Oyate Teca Owicakiya, “Helping Young People,in the Lakota Language, will use the award to strengthen and improve treatment services offered through the Rosebud Sioux Tribe juvenile justice system, and provide for sustainability of these services. This will be accomplished through hiring a sustainability coordinator who will work on behalf of Sicangu Lakota youth to secure direct access to Medicaid and third party funding. They will develop Tribal Standards for Treatment and assist the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Youth Wellness Court to ensure the Tribal Standards are met. The funds also provide for technical assistance to help the Youth Wellness Court adapt evidence-based strategies into a culturally and gender relevant Adolescent Treatment Model. This model will incorporate Lakota culture, spirituality and traditions as well as family therapy. At least 40 youth and families will be impacted by this program per year. Marlies White Hat, (605) 856-4262.

Santa Cruz, California — Funds will be used to improve local capacity to offer training and supervision of staff in strength-based and effective practices through coordination of teaching opportunities among agencies. Though Santa Cruz County has long had the will to integrate effective alcohol and drug treatment services into its system of care, it has not been able to dedicate resources toward achieving that end. The treatment improvement grant will allow Reclaiming Futures Santa Cruz County to create a process and structure designed to bring about this integration within the next two years. This will include developing a community-wide approach based on best practices to offer consistency across disciplines to the treatment of substance-abusing adolescents entering the justice system. In addition, the grant will help to ensure treatment approaches are relevant to Spanish-speaking youth and their families through the development and use of Spanish-language educational materials in the areas of drug and alcohol treatment and relapse. Media contact: Jeffrey Bidmon, (831) 454-3835 .

Seattle, Washington — As a result of the treatment improvement grant, Reclaiming Futures Seattle-King County will be able to more consistently identify and effectively treat a greater number of youth with substance abuse and mental health needs, who in the past, may have been sentenced to state institutions, primarily due to a lack of effective treatment available in their community. The funds will provide for a systematic way of identifying and assessing King County juvenile justice youth (in the near future this will extend to all youth coming into contact with King County agencies), and will help ensure that more than 100 youth are matched with proper treatment services and programs. As a result, Reclaiming Futures Seattle-King County anticipates seeing a reduction in the number of youth who re-offend in the community. Media contact: Margaret Tumulty, (206)205-9425.