Our work

Reclaiming Futures has sites that develop long-term strategic relationships. (Introduce the idea that it’s more than a site -based relationship). Our work spans a continuum - model development, testing, piloting. The core of RF work is the leadership of national community that consists of jurisdictions.

How to become a Reclaiming Futures site

Reclaiming Futures works with local jurisdictions to implement developmentally appropriate and evidence-based treatment responses sustained by community supports. Our national Learning Collaborative methodology is critical to successful local implementation and sustainability at a new site. It provides a teaching platform for the National Program Office (NPO), as well as peer support and technical guidance for sites to take risks in reform and innovation.

Our 6-step model

The Reclaiming Futures 6-step model is used in over 15 states nationwide, and by over 40 communities, large and small. John Jay College of Criminal Justice researchers have been involved in the evaluation of Reclaiming Futures since our launch in 2001; their most recent evaluation report (Butts et. al., 2016) finds that sites engaged with Reclaiming Futures report better access to services and improved resource management.

The Reclaiming Futures 6-step model promotes:

  • Cross-system collaboration
  • Evidence-based practices
  • Positive youth development principles
  • Effective ways to address the root causes of racial and ethnic disparities

Our projects

In addition to our original model, Reclaiming Futures has a number of current projects, including a new screening and brief intervention model (SBIRT), and 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 20 2017