Reclaiming Futures is a philosophy of how we assess the needs of our youths in the juvenile justice system and connect them to the services they need, from substance abuse treatment to community-based activities that make a long-term difference.
North Carolina's statewide Reclaiming Futures office will work with sites and state level partners to implement the RF model in local sites and identify ways to integrate with state level systems of care.
We will be working to ensure that local sites have access to the data systems they need to document the model and its impact on the youths being served.
With my background as the research and evaluation director for a non-profit, I know how critical it is that local and state partners have access to data about the impact of this initiative on youths and their families. This will both demonstrate the return on investment in the model, and ensure data is timely, allowing for continuous quality improvement of services for youth.
I look forward to working with all of you.
Jessica Jones is the Statewide Project Director for Reclaiming Futures in North Carolina. Before joining the N.C. Division of Juvenile Justice, Jessica was the Research & Evaluation Director for the Down East Partnership for Children, an early education non-profit in Rocky Mount, N.C., where she directed the evaluation, program development, and community collaborative initiatives for the organization. Jessica earned her B.S. in Mathematics from Elon University.
*Photo at top is from a recent Reclaiming Futures North Carolina State Champions meeting
Updated: February 08 2018