Reclaiming Futures is a national public health-oriented juvenile justice reform organization dedicated to improving behavioral health outcomes for youth and families. We work with local jurisdictions to implement developmentally appropriate and evidence-based treatment responses sustained by community supports. The Reclaiming Futures model promotes:
- Cross-system collaboration
- Evidence-based practices
- Positive youth development principles
- Effective ways to address the root causes of racial and ethnic disparities
Reclaiming Futures launched in 2001 with 10 sites funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Originally designed for implementation across the full juvenile justice continuum, in 2007 the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) began funding a cohort of 12 sites that combined Juvenile Drug Courts with the Reclaiming Futures model. Our national initiative now includes more than 40 sites in over 15 states.
In addition to our original model, Reclaiming Futures has developed a new screening and brief intervention model (SBIRT), and we’re working on a new framework for reducing racial and ethnic disparities at key behavioral health decision points. With the intention of integrating our public health strategy with school discipline reform, we’re also working on an adaptation of our approach for school settings.
Updated: May 23 2017