Reclaiming Futures: Communities Helping Teens Overcome Drugs, Alcohol and Crime

Reclaiming Futures: Communities Helping Teens Overcome Drugs, Alcohol and Crime

Reclaiming Futures is creating a new pathway for treating teens caught in the cycle of drugs, alcohol, crime and the juvenile justice system. A 5-year, $21 million initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Reclaiming Futures promotes new opportunities and standards of care in juvenile justice by bringing communities together to improve drug and alcohol treatment, expand and coordinate services, and find jobs and volunteer work for young people in trouble with the law. This grant provides support for Reclaiming Futures Kentucky River Community Care Inc, to sustain the implementation of the Reclaiming Futures model. The Kentucky River site will use this grant to develop adequate and flexible funding to serve unmet needs for coordinated care management and treatment; institutionalize data collection in the Reclaiming Futures process; and expand and sustain community involvement.



Portland State University

P.O. Box 751
Portland, 97207-0751


Susan Jones Richardson
Program Director


Jim W. Carlton
Deputy Director


Mac Prichard
Communications Officer


Remarks from Kristin Schubert, Program Officer

REMARKS FROM Kristin Schubert, Program Officer

Funding Reclaiming Futures

Reclaiming Futures transforms the way communities respond to, support and better care for kids who are involved in the juvenile justice system by having judges, probation officers, substance abuse treatment professionals and community members work together. 

As the largest philanthropy dedicated to improving the health and healthcare of everybody living in this country, when we looked at where vulnerable kids were, what they were faced with, and where they were ending up, we naturally landed in the juvenile justice system. We also knew that 60-80% of these kids in the justice system had some kind of substance abuse issue. That’s why we decided to fund Reclaiming Futures.

So far the results have been incredible and we’ve grown the initiative from its initial ten communities to now 29 and that continues to grow across the country. This model resonates with people because its reengineering the way community comes together, to better care for kids, to reclaim their futures.  


About Reclaiming Futures

Reclaiming Futures helps young people in trouble with drugs, alcohol, and crime. 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.