Reclaiming Futures Seattle-King County


Sherry McCabe
Sherry McCabe, Project Director
King County Mental Health,
Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division
401 Fifth Ave, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-263-7859

About Us

Teens in King County, WA need help. Of the teens ages 11 to 18 in the juvenile justice system, 28 percent have been in trouble in school, nearly 70 percent are at risk for HIV exposure and 53 percent indicate daily use of substances.

Reclaiming Futures Seattle-King County has partnered with the courts, treatment facilities, juvenile justice centers, and community to meet the urgent needs of these young people in our juvenile justice system.

We have improved the way we help these teens by improving treatment services and by making institutional changes to:

  • Provide comprehensive screening and assessments to all young people in our publicly funded system using electronic GAIN tools
  • Provide adolescent specific evidence based treatment models
  • Provide additional supports to juvenile justice youth who also have mental health issues;
  • Provide a mentor program
  • Provide High Fidelity Wraparound model to nurture and support these youth on probation and beyond
  • Celebrate successes to honor young people making progress and when reclaimed by their community
  • Sustain a project director position called the Science to Service coordinator
  • Integrate the Reclaiming Futures model into our county policies and procedures, and workforce training plan for youth counselors
  • Use the model as a paradigm for the county requests for proposals and strategic plan

For our efforts, we were awarded the 2007 Science to Service Award for Treatment from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Our Core Partners

  • Clergy, Community, Children/Youth Coalition (4Cs)
  • Division of Child and Family Services
  • Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention
  • Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration Mentoring Program
  • King County Superior Court
  • King County Youth and Family Services
  • King County Department of Community and Human Services
  • King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
  • King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division
  • Puget Sound Education Service District
  • Seattle Human Services
  • Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons
  • Special Populations Alliance
  • The Defender Association
  • United Voice of King County Parents
  • University of Washington

Funding Sources

Reclaiming Futures Seattle-King County was one of 10 founding sites funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation between 2002 and 2007.

Learn More

View the Reclaiming Futures Seattle-King County video