Dr. Sonja Frison (Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships) received new funding from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust for the project “Reclaiming Futures Coaching and Training Assistance.” Juvenile Justice involved youth are significantly more likely than other adolescents to have experienced substance abuse and/or mental health challenges (Wasserman, 2010). Yet, there are still barriers to access in services for these youth and families due the nature of their system involvement and other factors. “We are addressing provision of Training, Technical Assistance and Coaching to local Reclaiming Futures teams to help improve the local system of care for cross-system youth (juvenile justice involved youth with substance abuse and/or mental health issues). We anticipate that teams will be more effective in addressing the needs of cross-system youth and families as measured by the 12 NC Reclaiming Futures Implementation targets and that youth who reside in areas with highly functioning teams will be more likely to have better treatment outcomes in the form of access, engagement, and successful completion.”
Additionally, she received new funding from East Carolina Behavioral Health for the project “Juvenile Justice Substance Abuse Mental Health Partnerships.” The Juvenile Justice Substance Abuse and Mental Health Partnerships is a statewide initiative designed to provide a continuum of care for juvenile justice involved youth with behavioral health issues. The North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services works collaboratively with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Juvenile Justice Section to provide resources and supports for 18 local teams within the JJSAMHP network to increase service utilization, enhance services, and infuse evidence based and best practices. The UNCG Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships provides technical assistance and training for this initiative. UNCG’s role in the initiative is to: 1) provide technical assistance activities to the sites and communication about site visits to state level partners; 2) increase avenues and methods of training and information sharing re: state and local partners; and 3) increase awareness and usage of evidence based practices/treatments and best practices for juvenile justice involved youth.