Of the 5,800 Native youth arrested in the targeted five-county area of the Cherokee Nation in 2008, only 14 youth (or 0.002 percent) were diverted to drug court, boot camp, tribal youth program, or some other alternative service. And the average age of young people entering the Jack Brown Treatment Center is skewing younger, recently decreasing from 16.3 to 15.6.
Reclaiming Futures Cherokee Nation is partnering with the courts, treatment facilities, juvenile justice, community and families to meet the urgent needs of these young people in our juvenile justice system. We will integrate the Reclaiming Futures model into our Healing to Wellness Court, which is designed from a Native American point of view, where culture and tradition are used in the treatment process.
We are doing the following to help young people in our area:
- Applying the Reclaiming Futures model into our Healing to Wellness Court, which is designed to use Native American culture and tradition in the treatment process
- Expanding our services to Native American youth of all federally recognized tribes and expanding to other counties within the Cherokee Nation jurisdiction
- Using the Cherokee Nation’s Jack Brown Center, an adolescent treatment center that offers both in-patient and out-patient counseling services
- Offering additional treatment options and more resources such as special classes, self-esteem promotions, and additional group and individual counseling sessions
Our Core Partners
- Jack Brown Treatment Center
- Cherokee Nation Department of Children, Youth, & Family Services
- John A. Ketcher Youth Shelter
- Sequoyah High School
- Cherokee Nation District Court
- Cherokee Nation Marshal Service
- Cherokee Nation Office of the Attorney General
- Office of Juvenile Affairs
Working with the Jack Brown Treatment Center, we have been awarded grants from 2009-2013 by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency. We receive technical assistance from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.