Vermont Attorney General’s Office
109 State St.
Montpelier, VT 05609
Jon Kidde, Project Director
PO Box 23
Vergennes, VT 05491
Chittenden County is the most populous county in the state of Vermont—home to over 25% of Vermont families. Vermont and Chittenden County have experience with systemic reform efforts in its justice system. Local treatment providers are recognized as and leaders in their field who inform the development of effective adolescent treatment approaches. Nonetheless, the youth justice system can appear disorganized and uncoordinated with multiple systems of care for youth, families, and others to navigate. Some see it as oriented primarily around system and agency needs rather than the needs of youth, families, victims, and communities. Sadly, many youth do not get the help they need when they need it, while others, not in need of treatment, receive services.
In 2015, Chittenden County, Vermont, joined the Reclaiming Futures (RF) learning community and became one of the initial SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) juvenile justice pilot sites. RF support serves as a catalyst to create a more effective county-wide youth justice system: one that identifies and addresses substance use and mental health needs as early as possible; establishes greater opportunities for youth, family, and community engagement; and builds on youth and family assets and strengths. The Chittenden County Reclaiming Futures Leadership Team is convening inter-disciplinary workgroups that will (a) examine youth justice policy and practice, (b) ensure that policies and practices that impact youth are driven by youth and family needs, and (c) strengthen the coordination of services. Ultimately, the aim is a coordinated youth-and-family-driven approach that allows youth to successfully transition to adulthood and to lead productive lives.
As a Reclaiming Futures site, Chittenden County is excited to be able to tap into a national learning community, receive training and technical assistance, and contribute to national youth justice innovation.
Our Core Partners
- Attorney General’s Office
- Centerpoint Adolescent Treatment Services
- Chittenden County Court Diversion
- Chittenden County’s State’s Attorney’s Office
- Department for Children and Families
- Department of Health, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs
- South Burlington Police Department, Community Justice Center
- Vermont Association of Court Diversion Programs
- Vermont Superior Court, Family Division
We are funded by The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation through Reclaiming Futures with support from all of our core partners and community members.