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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. For detail on the reduction goals in each year, please download the fiscal year summaries.

 Targeted RECLAIM / BHJJ Overview, FY 2010

Targeted RECLAIM / BHJJ Overview, FY 2011 

Targeted RECLAIM / BHJJ Overview, FY 2012

Targeted RECLAIM / BHJJ Overview, FY 2013

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


County FY2009


Cuyahoga 293 208 173 124 96
Franklin 212 176 119 97 71
Hamilton 147 88 52 27 27
Lucas 76 32 33 33 33
Montgomery 129 49 38 25 28
Summit 132 47 42 29 22
Total 989 600 457 335 277

Note:  These six counties have also been the recipients of Behavioral Health / Juvenile Justice (BH/JJ) dollars since FY 2010.  In FY 2010, the BH/JJ awards also included a goal of reducing DYS admissions.  

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 eight juvenile courts in the first year, compared to the baseline:

County FY 2011
FY 2012
FY2013 Admissions
Allen 17 8 9
Ashtabula 46 29 13
Butler   15 5
Licking 22 18 18
Lorain 40 42 34
Mahoning 26 10 17
Medina 12 7 4
Stark 23 12 13
Trumbull 11 14 7
Totals 197 140 120

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:

Fiscal Year Amount Awarded # of Counties
2010 $2,852,828 6
2011 $4,053,159 6
2012 $5,323,374 14
2013 $6,358,200 15

The following list shows the Targeted RECLAIM interventions funded:

Allen                                       Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Residential)

Ashtabula                              Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Non-Residential) and Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS) 

Butler                                      Cognitive Behavorial Therapy (Community)

Cuyahoga                              Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Residential), Multi-Systemic Therapy, Problem Sexual Behavior Multi-Systemic Therapy and Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS)

Franklin                                 Multi-Systemic Therapy

Hamilton                               Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Residential)

Licking                                   Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS) and Family EPICS

Lorain                                    Multi-Systemic Therapy and Problem Sexual Behavior Multi-Systemic Therapy

Lucas                                     Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Day Reporting) and Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS)

Mahoning                             Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and High Fidelity Wraparound

Medina                                  Multi-Systemic Therapy

Montgomery                       Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Residential)

Stark                                      Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Non-Residential) andEffective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS)

Summit                                 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Residential and Non-Residential)

Trumbull                              Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Non-Residential) and 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 DYS population and an increased investment in community alternatives to intervene with youth and preserve public safety.  Following are some of the results observed:

-DYS average daily population has decreased from an average of 1,430 youth in FY 2009 to 480 in FY 2013.

-Admissions to DYS have declined from 1,579 in FY 2009 to 522 in FY 2013.

-Through FY 2013, participating Targeted RECLAIM counties have reduced their admissions in the aggregate by 795 compared to the year prior to entering the initiative.

-An outcome study conducted by the University of Cincinnati found that youth served in Targeted RECLAIM were 2.4 times less likely to be incarcerated following program completion than youth committed to state facilities (for more information, download “Targeted RECLAIM University of Cincinnati Outcome Study”).

Following is a graph showing DYS admissions by year from the original Targeted RECLAIM counties, those that were part of the expansion, and the remaining counties in Ohio.  Noted below the graph is the decline in total admissions that has resulted from the strategic reduction in DYS population.  As depicted in black, the six original Targeted RECLAIM counties outpaced the reductions in other counties, and now represent 50%, rather than 63%, of total admissions.


Graph FY-2009-2013


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