Reclaiming Futures, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, began 10 years ago as a demonstration program of 10 sites and now has grown to 29 sites with expanded funding partners. This article describes the conceptual and structural foundations of the Reclaiming Futures model to improve the infrastructure to treat young people in trouble with drugs and the law.
Early in the initiative, program leadership established benchmarks to provide a conceptual map and guide progress toward achieving “levers of change,” including:
The Reclaiming Futures national program office has developed a curriculum on the model and strengthened its coaching resources, evolving from grantee management toward brokering a national learning collaborative. Among its expansion efforts: 1) a partnership with two federal agencies to enhance juvenile drug court and treatment quality improvement; and 2) a statewide expansion in North Carolina.