Reclaiming Futures

Helping kids caught in the cycle of drugs, alcohol and crime

    • March 13, 2010

Nearly two million teenagers are arrested each year. 80 percent of them test positive for drugs or alcohol.

Yet many teens in the juvenile justice system receive no treatment for substance abuse at all. These children commit multiple offenses, caught in the cycle of drugs, alcohol and crime.

Reclaiming Futures offers courts the ability to detect and assess substance abuse in youth and to provide complementary services and support. By coordinating the efforts of courts, service providers, community groups and individual volunteers, the program empowers communities to help young people break the cycle of substance abuse and crime.

The program uses a six-step model: initial screening, initial assessment, service coordination, initiation, engagement and completion. The Reclaiming Futures approach has been proven effective in ten pilot sites, and is now being implemented in 16 additional sites around the country.

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Reclaiming Futures - Coordinating Efforts to Work with Troubled Youth

Research shows there is a direct connection between young people who end up in trouble with the law and drug and alcohol abuse. In addition, nearly 85 percent of youth treated for substance abuse problems also have a mental health disorder.
Reclaiming Futures offers courts the ability to detect and assess substance abuse in youth and to provide complementary services and support. By coordinating the efforts of courts, service providers, community groups and individual volunteers it empowers communities to improve the way they work with youth involved in the juvenile justice and substance abuse treatment systems.

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