Laura Burney Nissen, Ph.D., M.S.W., National Program Director of Reclaiming Futures in Portland, Oregon, has spent the last 16 years as an advocate, researcher, and developer of strength-based service delivery systems for youths in a wide variety of treatment and juvenile justice settings. A founder of the Center for High Risk Youth Studies at the Metropolitan State College of Denver, Dr. Nissen is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Social Work, Portland State University.
The RWJF Reclaiming Futures Initiative: Improving Substance Abuse Interventions for Justice-Involved Youths
Article first published online: 14 JUL 2009
© 2006 National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Juvenile and Family Court Journal
Volume 57, Issue 4, pages 39–51, September 2006
How to Cite
NISSEN, L. B., BUTTS, J. A., MERRIGAN, D. and KRAFT, M. K. (2006), The RWJF Reclaiming Futures Initiative: Improving Substance Abuse Interventions for Justice-Involved Youths. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 57: 39–51. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-6988.2006.tb00130.x
- Issue published online: 14 JUL 2009
- Article first published online: 14 JUL 2009
Juvenile justice systems in the United States do not always respond effectively to substance abuse problems among young offenders. In 2002, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched a 10-community demonstration project to address this problem. Reclaiming Futures (RF) relies on community partnerships to improve treatment quality, strengthen local leadership, expand inter-organizational collaboration, and create systems of shared performance management. The initial findings of a cross-site evaluation suggest that Reclaiming Futures is yielding important and positive change. Bi-annual surveys of key informants measure the quality and integration of juvenile justice and substance abuse treatment systems in each community. Of 13 indices measured by the surveys, 11 showed significant improvements between 2003 and 2005.