Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Cherokee Nation Receives Grants for Juvenile Drug Court

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Cherokee Nation Receives Grants for Juvenile Drug Court

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The Cherokee Nation has received grants totaling more than $1 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The money will be used to implement the Reclaiming Futures model in the Cherokee Nation's Healing to Wellness Court. Reclaiming Futures is an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that offers a new approach to help teenagers caught up in the cycle of substance abuse and crime.

The tribe was one of only three recipients of the grants. Other grant recipients were the Colorado Judicial Department in Denver and the Superior Court of California in Ventura County.

"This added funding will help us be able to better serve those affected by alcohol and drugs through a system of services designed to bring the youth, families and communities into harmony," said Chad Smith, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. "This system fosters leadership by providing judicial treatment, support and services to meet the needs of the youth and their families."

The Cherokee Nation's Healing to Wellness Court was designed through a Native American point of view where culture and tradition are used in the treatment process. The program empowers the participants to work through their substance abuse issues through counseling, accountability and supervision. …

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