Cherokee Nation Strengthens Juvenile Drug Court
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation is strengthening its juvenile drug court program, along with its adolescent treatment center, thanks in part to grants totaling more than $1 million.
“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,” Principal Chief Chad Smith said. “This system fosters leadership by providing judicial treatment, support and services to meet the needs of the youth and their families.”
The funding will be used to implement the Reclaiming Futures model in the tribe’s Healing to Wellness Court. Reclaiming Futures is a special 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.