Lucas County awarded $1.3M to treat juvenile drug abuse

Lucas County will receive a $1.325 million award from the U.S. Department of Justice to treat juvenile drug abuse in the community, according to Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH).

"Hopefully we can get to some of these young people and help turn their lives around before it's too late," Rep. Kaptur said. "If we can put them back on track, we'll see lower crime rates and higher graduation rates."

The Justice Department and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are collaborating to enhance the capacity of local governments to curb substance abuse among juvenile offenders. The program will serve juveniles ages 14-17 who are abusing alcohol and other drugs and are either on probation or have a case pending in juvenile court.

Through the foundation's Reclaiming Futures program, agencies such as the Lucas County Juvenile Drug Court will provide court-supervised treatment and intensive case management.

The program hopes to increase the number of youth served by 25 percent with more efficient coordination of services and to raise graduation rates by 25 percent. Progress towards achieving these goals will be measured using program data, police reports, and the drug courtâ??s database.

Now in its tenth year, the Reclaiming Futures program is an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to improve the infrastructure for treating young people in trouble with drugs and the law.

More info: Reclaiming Futures initiative