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Conrad N. Hilton Foundation: Reclaiming Futures

Deadline: November 13, 2014

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation will fund two new Reclaiming Futures sites, to join its existing national network of sites. The Reclaiming Futures model combines system reforms, treatment improvement, and community engagement to help young people break the cycle of drugs, alcohol and crime. Key elements of the Reclaiming Futures model include:

  • Establishing substance abuse and mental health screening and assessment for juvenile courts
  • Developing individualized care plans
  • Training substance abuse and mental health treatment providers in evidence-based interventions
  • Involving community as mentors and role models to provide the positive support teens need

As part of their implementation, the two sites will also take part in an innovative national pilot of SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment). The pilot will be a specially designed version of SBIRT in three potential settings in the broader continuum of juvenile justice system involvement:

  • With status offenders (sometimes called PINS or “Ungovernable” youth)
  • At the point where the juvenile probation agency has the discretion to divert a youth from court through a process known as “probation adjustment”, “informal adjustment” or “informal diversion”
  • With youth whose screening for treatment court indicates a lower level of need

The Reclaiming Futures national program office will provide significant technical assistance to selected communities. Each community selected for the national learning collaborative will benefit from funding for a project director and SBIRT coordinator staff, an online toolkit, individualized coaching, and participation in the SBIRT pilot and national learning collaborative.

Amount: Each site will receive:

  • Funding up to $160,000 for salaries (sites are required to hire a .5 FTE project director and a .25 FTE SBIRT coordinator estimated to cost approximately $60,000 per year)
  • $6,000 for SBIRT follow-up interviews
  • Individualized coaching
  • Travel funds to national trainings hosted by Reclaiming Futures
  • An online toolkit that includes a curriculum and other resources
  • Access to a national learning collaborative that exchanges ideas and resources
  • Training on the SBIRT screening and intervention
  • Communications training and support

Eligibility: The following organizations within the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories of the United States may apply: Juvenile courts; public and non-profit treatment agencies; state, local and tribal juvenile justice and substance abuse and mental health treatment authorities. Applicants must be either public entities or nonprofit organizations with 501(c)3 status.

Link: http://reclaimingfutures.org/rfp

Note: The Foundation will host a webinar for potential applicants on Wednesday, October 22nd, at 12:30 MST. See the link to access the webinar.

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