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 2019, the six counties collectively admitted 201 youth to DYS.



Following is a chart showing DYS admissions from the six juvenile courts by fiscal 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 nine juvenile courts compared to their baseline year. For detail on the admissions maintenance and reduction goals in each year, please download the Targeted RECLAIM / BHJJ Overview located within the Implementation of Targeted RECLAIM ribbon.

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 # Counties Funded Amount Awarded
2010 6 $2,852,828
2011 6 $4,053,159
2012 14 $5,323,374
2013 15 $6,358,200
2014 15 $6,435,809
2015 15 $6,437,989
2016 15 $6,435,809
2017 15 $6,435,809
2018 15 $6,435,809
2019 15 $6,435,809



The following list shows the Targeted RECLAIM interventions funded:
County Targeted RECLAIM Intervention Funded
Allen Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Rehabilitation Center)
Ashtabula Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Community)
Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS)
Butler Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Community)
Cuyahoga Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Guidestone & Hillcrest)
Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST)
Multi-Systemic Therapy -Problem Sexual Behavior (MST-PSB)
Functional Family Therapy (FFT)
Franklin Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (COYC)
Hamilton Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Hillcrest & Lighthouse Reentry)
Licking EPICS (Sex Offender Population)
Family EPICS
Lorain Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST)
Multi-Systemic Therapy -Problem Sexual Behavior (MST-PSB)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Community)
Lucas Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Day Reporting and EPICS)
Mahoning Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Detention)
High Fidelity Wraparound
Medina Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST)
Montgomery Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Detention)
Stark Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Community)
Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS)
Summit Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Groups (Community)
Trumbull Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Detention & Community)
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 the yearly DYS admissions from the original Targeted RECLAIM counties, the expansion counties, and the remaining counties in Ohio. Total admissions show a decline from 1,579 in FY 2009 to 343 in FY 2019. There was a decrease (-20 youth) in the total DYS admissions for the expanded nine Targeted RECLAIM counties for FY 2019, as depicted in red, while original six Targeted RECLAIM counties had a decrease (-39 youth) in total; DYS admissions for FY 2019, as depicted in blue. The state’s total admissions to DYS for FY 2019 has decreased by 79.3% from FY 2009 and 22% from FY 2018 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 (2018) of youth served in the 15 Targeted RECLAIM Counties serving youth from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015 as evaluated by the University of Cincinnati’s Corrections Institute:

  • The findings from this study suggests that Targeted RECLAIM is an effective justice reinvestment strategy and way for the state to reduce youth recidivism.
  • Youth who participated and successfully completed Targeted RECLAIM services were significantly less likely to reoffend than similarly matched youth that were released to DYS.
  • All services (residential, CBT-community, and family interventions) showed reductions in rates of incarceration across all risk to re-offend levels.
  • The Ohio Youth Assessment System (OYAS) continues to prove to be a valid risk/needs assessment tool in predicting risk to re-offend.

For more information about the study..

Please Note: Funding for 3rd party evaluation of each county’s individual Targeted RECLAIM outcomes will be available after January 2020.



Want Even More Information? Anthony F. Panzino
Bureau Chief of Community Reinvestment