Jemi Moore, Project Director
665 W. Fourth Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
As many as 67 percent of young people involved in the juvenile justice system in Forsyth County, NC also have a substance abuse problem. More than 90 percent of adults with substance abuse problems started using before age 18, with half of those starting before age 15. Research shows that intervening with truancy, theft and vandalism must include family involvement, and address substance abuse as well.
Reclaiming Futures Forsyth County, located in Winston-Salem, NC, is implementing the Reclaiming Futures model by using local leadership, an existing and accredited treatment infrastructure, and many mentoring programs. We are working to improve the quality of alcohol and drug treatment services available to youth in our justice system We plan to do the following:
- Improve treatment services for adolescent drug and alcohol use
- Create a comprehensive system of care that coordinates social services
- Include family in intervention and treatment efforts, and
- Involve the community in creating new opportunities for youth.
Our Core Partners
- Forsyth Futures
- Partnership for a Drug Free NC
- 21st District Court Judges
- The Forsyth County office of North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
- Forsyth County Juvenile Treatment Court
- Truancy Court
- CenterPoint Human Services
- Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
- The Children’s Home, Inc.
- Host Homes of Catholic Social Services
- Social Services
Awarded grants from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust 2008-2012 with technical assistance from RWJF, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Programs 2012-2016.
The video below highlights the partnership between Reclaiming Futures Forsyth County (and it’s supporting agencies and departments), Wake Forest University School of Law and Advanced Placement BHHS. Created by Kim Dryden and Jacob Rosdail, students in the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University, this story outlines the importance of Community Engagement and “Beyond Treatment” opportunities in helping teens overcome drugs, alcohol and crime. Special thanks to Professor Beth Hopkins and the Law Firm of Grace, Tisdale & Clifton, P.A. Together we are working to make a difference in the lives of our youth.