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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative: Reclaiming Futures

2/2/2001:   Those who work in the child welfare system know substance abuse is one of the most significant problems facing the children and families they serve. This is also a problem well known in the juvenile justice system, often plaguing young people who move back and forth between these two systems. Preventing substance abuse and treating it when it occurs is a key ingredient to a successful response to abuse and neglect and delinquency, yet there are too few resources in place to meet the need.

A new, $21 million initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJ), Reclaiming Futures, is designed to build community solutions to substance abuse and delinquency through coordinated, comprehensive care within the juvenile justice system. A request for proposals for this initiative was recently released by RWJ. Successful applicants are likely to be juvenile justice and/or alcohol and illicit drug abuse treatment authorities. The Foundation seeks diverse urban, rural, and suburban communities as participants.

It is our hope that members of CWLA who are working in the child welfare and juvenile justice fields and providing prevention and treatment services may be able to join in their communities efforts to receive these grants.

In the first phase, ten competitively selected sites will receive planning grants of up to $250,000. In the second phase, implementation grants of up to $250,000 per year for four years will be awarded to the ten sites that meet established benchmarks.

Optional preapplication workshops will be held March 30, 2001, in Portland, OR, and April 6, 2001, in Baltimore, MD. The deadline for Letters of Intent is May 18, 2001. For further information, visit the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website: http://www.rwjf.org Click on ‘Applying for a Grant,’ then click on ‘Calls for Proposals.’

Content contributed by Rodney Albert, Director of Juvenile Justice.

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