Colorado’s Justice Initiative for Drug Endangered Families (JI-DEF) will receive $1.2 million as part of an initiative to expand the national Reclaiming Futures model.
When a parent or caregiver engages in criminal activity and substance abuse, it can create a physically and psychologically harmful living environment for children. These children are at high risk of repeating the multi-generational cycle of substance use and crime. JI-DEF creates an aggressive approach to address drug endangered children, community safety, and substance recovery to promote successful outcomes related to decreased drug use, lower criminal recidivism, and multi-systemic cost effectiveness.
JI-DEF is a unique collaboration between: Denver Juvenile and District Courts; Denver District Attorney’s Office; Denver Police Department; Denver Department of Human Services; Denver Juvenile and District Probation; Denver Drug Endangered Children’s Alliance; The Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect; and community based service organizations. The partners work as team to span boundaries and employ a multidisciplinary method to support prevention, early intervention, substance recovery and offender accountability.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) awarded JI-DEF $424,435 for a four-year period for operation of the juvenile drug court. Additionally, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) awarded JI-DEF $198,915 per year for up to four years depending on performance and availability of funds for treatment.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is providing approximately $1 million in technical assistance to Denver and two other new sites to implement the Reclaiming Futures model, which will now be in 26 communities across the nation.