Three Jurisdictions Get Funds for Reclaiming Futures

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Three jurisdictions are being awarded nearly $3.7 million in federal funding so they can establish the Reclaiming Futures program.  Reclaiming Futures was launched in 2002 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to address the needs of juvenile drug courts working to improve drug and alcohol treatment for youth involved in crime.

The Colorado Judicial Department in Denver, Colo.; Superior Court of California, County of Ventura, Juvenile Drug Court, Ventura, Calif.; and Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Okla., will receive the money, bringing to 26 the number of communities involved in the program.  The money will cover three different areas of the courts’ operations: individual treatments plans, operations of the courts and technical assistance for the Reclaiming Futures program.

The federal funds come from  the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) , and the foundation, which will provide $1 million in for technical assistance.

“Our collaboration with CSAT and RWJF will enhance and expand treatment services offered through juvenile drug courts, implement a system of care to coordinate social services, and increase community opportunities for youth and their families,” OJJDP’s Acting Administrator Jeff Slowikowski said in a statement,

Contact: Mac Prichard, (503) 517-2772.