About Reclaiming Futures

The Reclaiming Futures Six-Step model guides local teams in their efforts to improve the systems that serve our juvenile justice youth. The model includes screening and assessment, using valid and reliable tools; service coordination across agencies and in partnership with youth and families; initiation and engagement in services; and transition of youth from formal systems to natural helpers and resources in their community. 

In 2001, with a $21 million investment from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 10 founding communities located throughout the United States began a new approach to helping teenagers caught in the cycle of drugs, alcohol and crime. It now operates in 38 communities in 18 states. Its funding partners include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the federal government's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and its Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, The Duke Endowment, and the Governor's Crime Commission.

The national office of Reclaiming Futures is housed in the Regional Research Institute of the School of Social Work at Portland State University.