The Solution

Reclaiming Futures is not a program. Instead, it seeks to change systems and communities so that teens get the help they need and communities are safer.

A Team of Leaders

Each Reclaiming Futures community starts by forming a five-person team consisting of a judge, juvenile probation representative, adolescent substance abuse treatment professional, community member, and project director. These leadership teams use the Reclaiming Futures model to focus on three common goals for teens: more treatment, better treatment, and beyond treatment. More about leadership. »

What's Needed

1. More Treatment »

Reclaiming Futures helps juvenile justice systems do a better of identifying youth who need treatment, assessing their individual needs, and connecting them to care. More Treatment. »

2. Better Treatment »

Teens deserve care that works (and so do taxpayers, because it's more cost-effective). So the treatment teens receive should be evidence-based. And local teams should monitor the treatment process, so that youth don't fall through the cracks. Better Treatment. »

3. Beyond Treatment »

When we say teens need to go "beyond" treatment, we mean they need things to do, and adults to do them with. Beyond Treatment. »

Quick Facts »
See the statistics and research that show: the lack of treatment for teens in the justice system; that treatment works and saves money; and that Reclaiming Futures works.

Improve the Entire System with Recovery Management

What teens with drug problems need, in short, is recovery management. And that's what the Reclaiming Futures model provides for kids in the juvenile justice system. It seeks to push beyond completion of treatment and probation, to develop a system that truly reconnects young people with the community in positive ways.

Each Reclaiming Futures community uses the steps of the model to monitor youth progress and improve services. Learn more. »

Reclaiming Futures Works

It works because it:

  • Helps communities do a better job of identifying teens who need treatment as they enter the justice system.
  • Tracks young people through the system and makes sure that they get the treatment they need to stay out of trouble.
  • Improves the quality of assessment and treatment, so young people get the right treatment and it's tailored to their needs.
  • Builds the community supports kids need to be successful when probation and treatment end.
    Review our evaluation results. »