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Helping Substance-involved Young People in Juvenile Justice be Successful: Conceptual and Structural Foundations of the Reclaiming Futures Model
Children and Youth Services Review (2011)
  • Laura Nissen, Portland State University
  • Dan Merrigan, Boston University, School of Public Health
Reclaiming Futures is an innovative evidence-based model and approach to systems and community change that is designed to enable young people who have substance abuse issues and are in the criminal justice system to become successful. Developed in the context of ten different demonstration communities and amidst numerous economic, geographic, political, cultural, and philosophical diversities, the initiative embraces a six-stage integrated service model that supports coordinated individual response and community-directed engagement with care. This article describes the background, rationale, and context of the change effort itself, as well as the conceptual foundations of the Reclaiming Futures framework. The role of the National Program Office (NPO) and the structures designed to support the shared transformational leadership required to launch, implement, and sustain these practice and policy innovations at the local, state, and national levels are discussed.

  • Reclaiming Futures,
  • Juvenule justice reform,
  • Systems and community change,
  • Planned change,
  • Teenagers -- Substance abuse -- Treatement,
  • Transformational leadership
Publication Date
September, 2011
Publisher Statement
Copyright © Elsevier 
Citation Information
Nissen, L.B. & Merrigan, D. (2011). Helping substance-involved young people in juvenile justice be successful: Conceptual and structural foundations of the Reclaiming Futures model. Children and Youth Service Review, 33(S1), 3-8.