How to Help More Young People in 2014

Thank you for supporting Reclaiming Futures this year. By improving drug and alcohol treatment and connecting teens to positive activities and caring adults, we have:

  • Helped many young people stay out of trouble with the law,
  • Improved public safety, and
  • Cut the cost of crime to communities.

Whether you are a Reclaiming Futures fellow in one of our 37 sites, or a member of our online community, we appreciate you.
Did you know that 343,000 teens are arrested each year in the United States for drug and alcohol related crimes, yet only one in 16 teens who need treatment receive it?
Please spread the word about Reclaiming Futures' proven six-step model by connecting us to leaders interested in improving outcomes for young people in juvenile detention.  
Improve the way more communities treat kids in the justice system with substance abuse problems by sharing our online resources or by contacting me via email at or by phone at 503-725-8914. 
We look forward to working with you in 2014 to break the cycle of drugs, alcohol and crime! 

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Susan Richardson is national executive director for Reclaiming Futures. Formerly, she was a senior program officer in the health care division of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in North Carolina, where she led a three-year effort involving the state's juvenile justice and treatment leaders to adopt the Reclaiming Futures model by juvenile courts in six North Carolina counties. She received her B.S. in Public Health, Health Policy and Administration, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Updated: December 25 2013