The Foundation's initiative, Reclaiming Futures: Communities Helping Teens Overcome Drugs, Alcohol & Crime, was designed to build community solutions to substance abuse and delinquency by developing the systems infrastructure necessary to deliver comprehensive care within the juvenile justice system.Reclaiming Mountain Futures focuses on juvenile justice system changes in four extremely rural Appalachian counties in southeastern Kentucky. While the child population of these counties constitutes less than 1 percent of the total child population of the state, these 4 counties had 59.4 percent of its child population in the Medicaid program, 143 juvenile offenders, and child neglect reports twice the state average. An additional 539 youth were identified by the school system as committing law violations and were referred for suspensions, expulsions, or alternative placements (2000 Kids Count). That is 33 percent more juvenile offenders and twice the rate of juvenile arrests than the state average. Approximately one-third of these children are at risk for substance abuse or are actively abusing drugs. Estimates suggest that about 27 percent of the children in this region are cigarette smokers by the sixth grade, which is almost twice the national rate of 16.6 percent (National Institute on Drug Abuse). Marijuana use by sixth graders is almost twice the national average. The juvenile justice system is an important avenue for identification of substance-abusing adolescents, but, due to institutional barriers and uncoordinated resources, this assessment does not occur in a systematic way. The purpose of this project is to build on nationally recognized best practices to develop a comprehensive community plan for juvenile justice system changes, develop resources and treatment alternatives that diversify judicial choice, and offer more appropriate adjudication of offending youth. A shared database will be developed to improve inter-agency communication, service planning, and coordination of care for substance abuse problems.
Amount Awarded $1,000,000.00
Awarded on: 3/28/2003
Time frame: 4/1/2003 - 6/30/2007
Grant Number: 47645