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Reclaiming Futures brings together judges, probation officers, treatment providers, families and community members to improve drug and alcohol treatment for young people in trouble with the law. During a five-year pilot phase, Montgomery County Juvenile Court was one of 10 communities selected to participate in this national project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. These first 10 communities created and tested a new six-step model that screens teens for drug and alcohol problems, assesses the severity of substance use, provides prompt access to a treatment plan coordinated by a service team, and connects teens with employers, mentors and volunteer service projects. Reclaiming Futures focuses on three common goals for teens: more treatment, better treatment and community connections beyond treatment.
Reclaiming Futures is currently seeking men and women, 21 or older to be specially trained and carefully matched with court-involved youth. Volunteers will serve as mentors or "Natural Helpers" for Court involved youth. Natural Helpers will serve as mentors and motivators, provide insight, listen, share and encourage. Most importantly, Natural Helpers have the heart and the hope necessary to help youth overcome challenges and build on their strengths.
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