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.New Hampshire is a state of considerable economic prosperity that, nonetheless, faces daunting social problems, especially related to youth substance abuse and delinquency. Despite a median household income of $49,509 (compared to $41,343 nationally) and an unemployment rate of only 3.4 percent, there was a 339 percent increase in arrests of New Hampshire youth under 18 years of age for drug offenses between 1992 and 1996, and a 26 percent increase in juvenile and adult substance-related offenses between 1995 and 1998. Intake assessment data from the New Hampshire Department of Youth Development Services indicate that 90 to 95 percent of youth committed from local communities to the Youth Development Center reported significant substance abuse. New Hampshire projects a 24 percent increase in the population of 15- to 19-year-olds over the next 10 years. The purpose of this project is to draw on emerging best practices to improve the quality, quantity, and outcomes of habilitation services; to increase coordination and cooperation between courts and community; to create a statewide system of technical assistance and training for replicating and adapting Reclaiming Futures pilot sites; and to decrease gaps and barriers to services for juvenile offenders.
Amount Awarded $1,000,000.00
Awarded on: 6/3/2003
Time frame: 6/1/2003 - 6/15/2007
Grant Number: 47646