Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

What is the purpose of this service?

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) supports local efforts to reduce the use of detention centers for troubled youth who are not a risk to their community.

Who can receive these services?

Troubled youth, age 17 and younger, who are not a risk to their community.

What services are offered?

Youth, 17 years and younger, who are found eligible for detention are provided:

  • Detention Screening,
  • Quick Court case processing,
  • Day reporting centers,
  • Evening reporting centers,
  • Case Management,
  • Counseling for positive behavior,
  • Community Services, and
  • Employment assistance.

How to apply?

Contact a Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative Provider if you are:

  • a Youth
  • a Parent/Guardian
  • a Judge
  • the State's Attorney,
  • a Public Defender,
  • a Probation Department Staff
  • a Police Officer,
  • staff member of a Social Services agencies,
  • School Administrator, and/or
  • a Juvenile detention center staff.

DHS Office Locator

DHS Help Line

  • 1-800-843-6154
  • 1-800-447-6404 TTY