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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

Targeted RECLAIM / BHJJ Overview, FY 2014

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

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:

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           

















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:          Multi-Systemic Therapy

Hamilton:        Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Residential)

Licking:           Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS)

Family EPICS, Sex Offender EPICS

Lorain:             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

High Fidelity Wraparound

Medina:           Multi-Systemic Therapy

Montgomery:  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Residential)

Stark:               Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Non-Residential)

Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS)

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

Trumbull:         Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Non-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 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 facility average daily population has decreased from an average of 1,430 youth in FY 2009 to 508 in FY 2014.

-Admissions to DYS have declined from 1,579 in FY 2009 to 522 in FY 2014.

-Through FY 2014, participating Targeted RECLAIM counties have reduced their admissions in the aggregate by 810 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 57%, rather than 63%, of total admissions.



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.