Alaska

Reclaiming Futures Anchorage

Karin Schaff

Contact

Karin Schaff
Volunteers of America
1675 C. Street Suite 201
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: 907-279-9636
Email: kschaff@voaak.org

About Us

In 2009, there were 1,355 young people referred to the Anchorage Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) — 40 percent of the youth referred in the entire state during the same period. The DJJ oversees eight state facilities that provide substance abuse treatment, education and prevention to young people. In addition, there are 16 statewide probation offices that serve youth referred for community-based services. Alaska typically maintains a diversion rate of around 75 percent.

At Reclaiming Futures Anchorage, we continue to work to improve the quality of alcohol and drug treatment services available to youth in our justice system. As a result of Reclaiming Futures, we've done the following:

  • Focused on young people ages 12-18 who represented the ethnic diversity of the local juvenile justice population
  • Initiated screening
  • Increased and improved treatment and services
  • Improved planning and communication between internal agencies
  • Collaborated with the community and agencies to help improve outcomes for youth through mentoring, pro-social opportunities, incentives for engagement and treatment success and more
  • Participated in a community-wide plan to address reducing youth violence through effective services for youth. The plan now includes many features of Reclaiming Futures, such as: screening, evidence-based treatment practices and more

Our Core Partners

  • Alaska Court System
  • Alaska District Attorney Office
  • Alaska Public Defender's Office
  • Alaska Native Justice Center
  • Anchorage Police Department
  • Anchorage School District
  • Cook Inlet Tribal Council
  • Division of Behavioral Health
  • Division of Public Health
  • McLaughlin Youth Center
  • Municipal Department of Public Health
  • Office of Public Advocacy
  • Suicide Prevention Council
  • United Way of Anchorage
  • Volunteers of America Alaska

Funding Sources

Reclaiming Futures Anchorage was one of 10 founding sites funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation between 2002 and 2007.