SBIRT Evaluation : Reclaiming Futures - Successes, Challenges and Lessons

This independent evaluation was conducted by Impact Justice. Results indicate Reclaiming Futures SBIRT was an effective assessment and referral tool and youth referred to treatment were less likely to report managing stress by using drugs and/or alcohol at follow-up. 

Reclaiming Futures Brochure

Explains the goals of the initiative and how new communities can become involved. Unfolds into an inspirational colorful poster about the strengths of young people. Request printed color copies from Jim Carlton at (503) 725-8954. 

Investing in Reclaiming Futures: A Guide for Public Agencies, Policymakers, and Foundations

Learn how to bring Reclaiming Futures to your area and change the way your community treats kids in the justice system with substance abuse problems. 

Reclaiming Futures Bibliography

The purpose of this document is to list the various published articles, research reports, professional presentations and other types of documents that have included a discussion of the Reclaiming Futures approach and model. If you know of other documents, contact us and we will add to the bibliography. 

The Reclaiming Futures Initiative: Improving substance abuse interventions for justice-involved youth

This introductory overview explains the initiative, lays out the policy context, briefly describes the six steps of the Reclaiming Futures model, and summarizes the evaluation.

A Model for Judicial Leadership: Community responses to juvenile substance abuse

The judges who led the 10 Reclaiming Futures founding sites discuss the need for judicial leadership, the Reclaiming Futures model, and practical steps toward building an effective collaborative.

How to Implement a Model to Get Youth off Drugs and Out of Crime

The project directors from the 10 Reclaiming Futures founding sites describe how to plan for Reclaiming Futures, make the system changes and implement the model, and offer advice on positive activities for youth.

Juvenile Probation Officers Call for New Responses to Teen Drug and Alcohol Use

A report by probation officers from the 10 Reclaiming Futures founding communities. They discuss the need for the Reclaiming Futures model, describe how it works, and offer practical solutions and recommendations for improving treatment for youth in the juvenile justice system.

Improved Care for Teens in Trouble with Drugs, Alcohol, and Crime: Reclaiming Futures treatment providers advocate for change

Treatment professionals from the 10 Reclaiming Futures founding communities discuss the need for change, the details of the model from a treatment perspective, and how to handle funding and training challenges.

Key Terminology for Communities Developing Alcohol and Drug Treatment Programs in Partnership with the Juvenile Justice System

A companion piece to Improved Care for Teens in Trouble with Drugs, Alcohol, and Crime. It defines treatment-related terms to improve communication with the juvenile justice system.

Moving Toward Equal Ground: Engaging the capacity of youth, families and communities to improve treatment services and outcomes in the juvenile justice system

Community representatives from the 10 Reclaiming Futures founding sites talk about the pivotal role families and communities play in implementing the model, list communities using promising strategies to engage them, and specific steps to make it happen.

Lessons Learned: Reclaiming Futures’ national advisory committee shares experience in systems reform

Advice from experts on how to make a systems reform effort like Reclaiming Futures successful and long-lasting.

Practice Brief: Helping Tribal Courts Build and Sustain Culturally Resonant Screening and Brief Intervention Practices

Dual Diagnosis Screening and Assessment For Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

Who are the youth we are serving? Recent research points out that most often the youth we serve are involved with multiple agencies, and are dealing with a variety of issues, and may have multiple diagnoses…

Youth Participation in Practice

Roger Hart’s Ladder of Participation

Enhancing Substance Use Treatment and Juvenile Justice Partnerships Within a System of Care

System of Care was first introduced by Stroul & Friedman in 1986 as a framework in which to develop a comprehensive, inclusive, coordinated, caring system for children and youth diagnosed with severe emotional problems and their families. Read more…

Partners within the System of Care Role of a Behavioral Health Treatment Practitioner in the Juvenile Justice System

Every participant in a System of Care must understand their own specific role, including their purpose, parameters, practice and expected outcomes. Read more…

Readiness Assessment (Workbook)

Want to implement Reclaiming Futures in your community? Use this readiness assessment to review areas of strength and identify areas where growth is needed.

When You Were 15

Help adults in your community connect with youth in the justice system by using stories to remind them of what it was like to be a teenager. Here’s a sample anthology from Reclaiming Futures Multnomah Embrace (Portland, OR).

Model Policies for Juvenile Justice and Substance Abuse Treatment

An interdisciplinary task force makes concrete recommendations for federal, state, and local policies that support effective programming for youth struggling with alcohol, drugs, and crime.

Strength-based Bill of Rights for Teens in the Juvenile Justice System

Helping young people in the justice system takes more than holding them accountable. It also takes an unshakeable belief in their potential. Promote their strengths with this bill of rights, developed by Dr. Laura Burney Nissen in 1998.

Financing Treatment of Substance Use Disorders for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

Doreen Cavanaugh, Ph.D., of the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University, explains federal funding streams and how they can be tapped to fund treatment for youth in the justice system.

Building Community Solutions to Substance Abuse and Delinquency Financing Collaborative Approaches and Challenges for Building Integrated Systems

Though dated, this report provides a useful framework for thinking about how to fund an integrated treatment system and potential challenges.

Information Sharing and Confidentiality: A legal primer to help the community, the bench, and the bar implement change in the juvenile justice system

This report reviews the laws governing information-sharing and suggests protocols for sharing information while protecting youth privacy.