Based in Marquette, MI, Reclaiming Futures Project W.E.A.V.E. collaborated with the courts, treatment facilities, detention centers and the community to improve the quality of alcohol and drug treatment services available to youth in our justice system. “W.E.A.V.E.” stands for Willingness to Explore Approaches that Validate and Embrace youth.
Between 2002 and 2007, we made the following changes for the benefit of youth in the juvenile justice system:
- Screened and assessed teens in the system suspected of alcohol and drug abuse
- Developed a full continuum of treatment options for youth including day treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, plus co-occurring and aftercare services
- Issued a juvenile justice report card to the community showing outcomes for youth who encounter their system
- Used a Youth Advisory Council to ensure the youth voice is heard in creating a functional system
- Worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters to provide mentoring opportunities and other local organizations to provide pro-social activities for youth
Our Core Partners Were:
- Bell Behavioral Health Services
- Cedar Tree Institute
- Child and Family Services of the U.P.
- Hyde and Swajanen P.C.
- Marquette Area Public Schools
- Marquette City Police Department
- Marquette County Family Independence Agency
- Great Lakes Recovery Centers
- Marquette County Circuit Court
- Marquette County Court Family Division
- Marquette County Prosecutors
- Marquette County Sheriff’s Department
- Marquette General Health Systems
- Michigan Protection & Advocacy
- Pathways Community Mental Health
- Gwinn Area Public Schools
- Eastern U.P. Substance Abuse Services
Reclaiming Futures Project W.E.A.V.E. was one of 10 founding sites funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation between 2002 and 2007.