News Release – December 11, 2012

For Release: December 11, 2012
Contact: Lori Howell: 503-789-9366

$5.27 Million Awarded to Help Communities
Break the Cycle of Drugs Alcohol and Crime for Teens

Portland, Ore. (December 11, 2012) — The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has awarded $5.27 million to three communities and the national program office to implement Reclaiming Futures, a cost-effective national program that improves drug and alcohol treatment for teens in trouble with the law.

Lucas County, Ohio will receive $1.32 million; Forsyth County, N.C. will receive $1.23 million; and Duval County, Fla. will receive $1.32 million in funding over the next four years to improve and enhance their juvenile drug courts by integrating the Reclaiming Futures’ model into the court. The national program office, housed in the Regional Research Institute, School of Social Work at Portland State University, will receive $1.4 million in support over two years to continue training and technical assistance for the existing six federally-funded Reclaiming Futures sites in addition to these three new communities.

Reclaiming Futures serves teens with high rates of trauma exposure, mental health problems and substance abuse. “By screening and treating teens in juvenile court for drug and alcohol problems, we reduce recidivism and save justice system resources,” said Susan Richardson, national executive director of Reclaiming Futures. “These grants strengthen communities by improving program coordination and reclaiming the futures of young people.”

Reclaiming Futures brings together judges, probation officers, treatment providers, families and community members to focus on three common goals for teens: more treatment, better treatment and community connections beyond treatment.

An independent evaluation by the Urban Institute and the University of Chicago’s Chapin Hall Center for Children found that Reclaiming Futures’ pilot communities reported significant improvements in juvenile justice and drug and alcohol treatment, and positive change in the way juvenile justice and substance abuse agencies communicate and cooperate. The University of Arizona’s Southwest Institute for Research on Women is currently examining the impact, processes and cost-effectiveness of Juvenile Drug Courts implementing the Reclaiming Futures model.

“This federal funding will bring Reclaiming Futures to new communities, growing our reach to 37 sites across 18 states,” said Richardson. “Thank you to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for supporting evidence-based practices to improve the lives of young people through adolescent substance abuse treatment and juvenile justice reform.”

About Reclaiming Futures
Reclaiming Futures, founded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, offers a new approach to helping teenagers caught in the cycle of drugs, alcohol and crime. In 37 communities across the nation, Reclaiming Futures has received investments to spread its model from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and The Duke Endowment. The national office of Reclaiming Futures is housed in the Regional Research Institute, School of Social Work at Portland State University.