News Release – October 21, 2008

Contact: Mac Prichard; (503) 517-2772

Sheran Thompson; (336) 759-0195

Six communities in North Carolina to receive $1.8 million package for tested model that helps teens struggling with drugs, alcohol and crime

Portland, OR (October 21, 2008) — Six communities in North Carolina will receive a $1.8 million package of technical assistance and grants to adopt the Reclaiming Futures model, a tested approach that helps teens in the juvenile justice system beat problems with drugs and alcohol.

“We’re very excited to introduce Reclaiming Futures to North Carolina, thanks to a new partnership with the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust,” says Laura Nissen, Ph.D., Reclaiming Futures national program director. “We’re confident we’ll prove to be as successful in North Carolina as we have been in the communities in the 10 other states that have piloted our model.”

Through a $1.44 million dollar contribution from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and $360,000 in support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, each of the six North Carolina sites will receive over two years $180,000 in technical assistance and a $90,000 grant to hire a part-time project director. All projects begin this month and will run through October 2010.

“Breaking the cycle of drugs, alcohol, and crime among our young people in North Carolina is an important priority for our organization,” says Susan Richardson, program officer of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. “Reclaiming Futures offers a tested tool that can make a huge difference in our communities.”

The six counties and their lead organizations are as follows: 1) Cumberland County, Cumberland County CommuniCare, Fayetteville; 2) Forsyth County, Partnership for a Drug Free NC, Inc., Winston-Salem; 3) Guilford County, 18th Judicial District Court, Greensboro; 4) Orange County NC, Mental Health Association in Orange County, Carrboro; 5) Rowan County, Rowan County Juvenile Drug Treatment Court, Salisbury; 6), Iredell, Surry and Yadkin counties, Crossroads Behavioral Healthcare, Elkin. A list of project descriptions is attached.

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.

A recent independent evaluation by the Urban Institute and the University of Chicago’s Chapin Hall Center for Children shows this 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.

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About Reclaiming Futures
Reclaiming Futures is an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that offers a new approach to helping teenagers caught in the cycle of drugs, alcohol and crime. Its founding 10 communities include: Anchorage, Alaska.; Santa Cruz, Calif.; Chicago, Ill.; four counties in Southeastern Kentucky; Marquette, Mich.; the state of New Hampshire; the Sovereign Tribal Nation of Sicangu Lakota in Rosebud, South Dakota; Dayton, Ohio; Portland, Ore.; and Seattle, Wash. In 2008, three additional sites adopted the model thanks to funding by investments by RWJF, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). In 2008, funding from RWJF and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust is assisting six sites in implementing this approach in North Carolina. The national office of Reclaiming Futures is housed in the Regional Research Institute of the Graduate School of Social Work at Portland State University.

About the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
The mission of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust is to improve the quality of life and quality of health for the financially needy of North Carolina. Based in Winston-Salem, the Trust was established by the will of Kate Gertrude Bitting Reynolds and is made up of two divisions: the Health Care Division, which responds to health and wellness needs and invests in solutions that improve the quality of health for financially needy residents of the state; and the Poor and Needy Division, which responds to basic life needs and invests in solutions that improve the quality of life for financially needy residents of Forsyth County. Since the Trust began in 1947, it has invested more than $400 million dollars toward improving life and health for residents of North Carolina.

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.