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 Department of Youth Services Targeted RECLAIM

What is Targeted RECLAIM ?

Targeted RECLAIM is a funding initiative of the Ohio Department of Youth Services that is designed to promote the use of model and evidence-based programs to divert appropriate felony youth from DYS commitment and into effective community-based alternatives. Through this initiative, participating county juvenile courts select and implement programming in order to meet a goal of reduced admissions to DYS. Funds are awarded, budgeted and expended in conjunction with the courts’ RECLAIM Ohio programs and services.

Requirements for the funding include the following:

-Juvenile courts commit to reduce and then maintain their numbers of DYS admissions.

-All programs funded must be either model or evidence-based programs, as approved by university partners.

-Programs can only serve felony youth that would otherwise be committed to DYS.

-All program youth must be assessed using the Ohio Youth Assessment System (OYAS).

-Courts must participate in quarterly work group meetings and submit youth data.

-Courts must adhere to quality assurance standards to ensure program fidelity; quality assurance, including training, coaching, data collection and evaluation, is provided through contracts with the University of Cincinnati and Case Western Reserve University.

Implementation of Targeted RECLAIM

In FY 2009, the average daily population at DYS was 1,430 youth. In order to achieve the most cost-efficient use of program dollars, Targeted RECLAIM funding was awarded, beginning in FY 2010, to the six counties (Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Lucas, Montgomery and Summit Counties) that historically committed the most youth to state custody. In the year prior to the initiation of Targeted RECLAIM, these counties accounted for 63% of the total admissions to DYS. In total, these six juvenile courts set a goal of reducing admissions in the first year (FY 2010) by 189, or 19%, compared to FY 2009. The actual reduction in admissions in FY 2010 was 389, or 39.3% compared to FY 2009. In FY 2016, the six counties collectively admitted 267 youth to DYS.    

Following is a chart showing DYS admissions from the six juvenile courts by fiscal year:

Targeted RECLAIM / BHJJ Overview, FY 2010

Targeted RECLAIM / BHJJ Overview, FY 2011 

Targeted RECLAIM / BHJJ Overview, FY 2012

Targeted RECLAIM / BHJJ Overview, FY 2013

Targeted RECLAIM / BHJJ Overview, FY 2014

Targeted RECLAIM / BHJJ Overview, FY 2015

Targeted RECLAIM / BHJJ Overview, FY 2016

Following is a chart showing DYS admissions from the six juvenile courts by fiscal year:

Expansion of Targeted RECLAIM

Beginning in January 2012, Targeted RECLAIM funding was awarded to eight additional counties (Allen, Ashtabula, Licking, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Stark and Trumbull Counties) that collectively committed 197 youth to DYS in FY 2011. Butler County was added to the initiative in FY 2013. Although the baseline of commitments for these counties is much lower than for the initial six counties, they adhere to the same funding and quality assurance requirements. Following is a chart showing DYS admissions from the nine juvenile courts in the first year, compared to the baseline. For detail on the admissions maintenance and reduction goals in each year, please download the fiscal year summaries.

Targeted RECLAIM Funding

Targeted RECLAIM funds are state General Revenue Fund (GRF) dollars. The total amount of Targeted RECLAIM funding allocated to courts, by year, is as follows:

The following list shows the Targeted RECLAIM interventions funded:

Allen:                Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Residential)

Ashtabula:         Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Non-Residential)

                       Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS)

Butler:              Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Community)

Cuyahoga:        Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Residential), Multi-Systemic Therapy

                        Problem Sexual Behavior Multi-Systemic Therapy

                        Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS)

Franklin:            Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Residential)

Hamilton:          Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Residential & Community Reentry)

Licking:             Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS)

                        Family EPICS, Sex Offender EPICS

Lorain:              Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Community) Multi-Systemic Therapy

                        Problem Sexual Behavior Multi-Systemic Therapy

Lucas:              Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Day Reporting)

                        Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS)

Mahoning:         Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Residential) & High Fidelity Wraparound

Medina:             Multi-Systemic Therapy

Montgomery:     Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Residential)

Stark:               Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Community)

                        Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS)

Summit:            Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Residential and Non-Residential)

Trumbull:           Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Residential)                                          

                         High Fidelity Wraparound

Targeted RECLAIM Results

As an integral part of Ohio’s community continuum for serving youth, Targeted RECLAIM has contributed to a reduction in the DYS population.


The graph shows DYS admissions by year from the original Targeted RECLAIM counties, those that were part of the expansion, and the remaining counties in Ohio. Total admissions show a decline from 1,579 in FY 2009 to 478 in FY 2016. As depicted in blue, the six original Targeted RECLAIM counties outpaced the reductions in other counties, and represent 56%, rather than 63%, of total admissions.  

Targeted RECLAIM outcomes are a result of the continued success of juvenile courts to support local evidenced-based alternatives and preserve public safety and the department’s investments in community-based programming to serve the right youth in the right environment with the right treatment.  In the most current study, recidivism was the outcome of interest (a new admission to DYS/DRC) as one of the major goals of Targeted RECLAIM is to reduce the number of admissions to state supported correctional facilities and institutions.   

Following are the conclusions drawn from the most recent Targeted RECLAIM Evaluation (2016) of youth served in 14* Targeted RECLAIM Counties serving youth from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013 as evaluated by the University of Cincinnati’s Corrections Institute: (For more information about the study, download  “Targeted RECLAIM University of Cincinnati Outcome Study”).

-Ohio’s expansion of Targeted RECLAIM coupled with the findings from this study suggests that the state is on track to continue supporting local community-level programming options while simultaneously improving youth outcomes.

-The Ohio Youth Assessment System (OYAS) continues to prove to be a valid risk/needs assessment tool in predicting risk to re-offend.  

-Targeted RECLAIM counties adhere to the risk principle with most high-risk youth assigned to residential programs and most low/moderate-risk youth assigned to services in the community (CBT community and family interventions).

-Youth who participated in Targeted RECLAIM services were incarcerated less often than similarly matched youth that were sent to DYS.

-All services (residential, CBT-community, and family interventions) showed reductions in rates of incarceration across all risk to re-offend levels.

*Butler County admitted their first Targeted RECLAIM youth in 2014 and will be included in the upcoming Targeted RECLAIM Outcomes Report.      


For more information please contact Ryan Gies, Deputy Director of Parole, Courts and Community, by email at or by phone at (614) 728-3153 or contact Tony Panzino, Bureau Chief of Courts and Community Services, by email at or by phone at (614) 752-8131.