Warren Hyer, Executive Director of the Central Ohio Symphony had something special in mind for the youth of Delware County Ohio when he attended his first HealthRHYTHMS Training. He was looking for an opportunity for the symphony to bring meaningful change into the lives of adolescents involved with the Juvenile Court in central Ohio. What he achieved was that and more. Hyer and his team, which includes a board certified music-therapist, bundled Remo's HealthRHYTHMS Adolescent Drumming program and a creative composition and performance component, a drum circle performance with the symphony.
In a letter sent on behalf of the symphony, Delaware County Probate/Juvenile Court Judge, Kenneth J. Spicer, noted that the symphony program named Reconnecting, that utilizes Remo's evidence-based HealthRHYTHMS Drumming programs, delivered results. At a time when the cost of juvenile rehabilitation and recidivism rates are high, the HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drumming and Adolescent Protocol programs are improving the return on taxpayer investment in these young people.
"Improvement in Juvenile Treatment Court outcomes have been noticed during this year. For example, retention and successful completion rates have increased. While the Juvenile Court appreciates being able to demonstrate improved statistical information, these numbers translate, more importantly, to changes in juveniles' behaviors. Youth that graduate from the program have abstained from drug use, improved school and home behaviors, and satisfied court requirements."
Kennth J. Spicer, Judge (Delaware County Probate/Juvenile Court)