Comprehensive Community-Based Youth Services (CCBYS)

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

Administered by: Bureau of Youth Intervention Services

Goals: To increase family reunification/preserve and stabilize families; and to divert or minimize involvement in the child welfare and/or juvenile justice system.

Outcome: Youth will be safe; stable; diverted from the child welfare system and diverted from juvenile justice system.

Program Description: CCBYS is authorized by the Children and Family Services Act (20 ILCS 505/17 and 17a), and implements Article 3 of the Illinois Juvenile Court Act of 1987 (705 ILCS 405/3 et seq.). This statewide 24/7 crisis intervention system is mandated to serve youth in crisis (runaways, lock-outs, beyond control and in physical danger) and also serves youth in high-risk situations, and their families when appropriate, according to their needs and in keeping with the goal of family preservation, reunification and/or family stabilization, or independence, dependent upon the youth's needs. A continuum of services is available statewide and provided to youth at risk of involvement in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems.

Target Population

  1. Mandated Programming
    The CCBYS program will provide services, statewide to the following: 
    1. Core Population (ages 11-17) - Must be served: 
      Any minor, 11-17 years of age (1) who is (a) absent from home without consent of parent, guardian or custodian, or (b) beyond the control of his or her parent, guardian or custodian, in circumstances which constitute a substantial or immediate danger tot he minor's physical safety; and (2) who, after being taken into limited custody and offered interim crisis intervention services, refuses to return home after the minor and his or her parent, guardian or custodian cannot agree to an arrangement for an alternative voluntary residential placement or to the continuation of such placement. 
    2. Lock-outs:  Core population (ages 11-17) - Must Be Served in collaboration with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS): 
      In accordance with the DCFS Rule 300.150, Referral for Services and Procedure 300.90 (f) SCR Referrals to Youth Service Agencies, any minor, 11-17 years of age whose parent or caregiver has denied the child access to the home and has refused or failed to make provisions for another living arrangement for the child will be considered a lock-out. 
  2. Discretionary Programming
    Discretionary Population (ages 11-17) - Individualized services for youth may be provided as resources allow after ensuring capacity to serve the Mandatory (core) population. Based on the needs of the community, these services may include, but are not limited to:   
    1. Station-adjusted - youth who have been station-adjusted (i.e., arrested but not referred to court) or placed on probation supervision to prevent further involvement in the juvenile justice system. 
    2. Juvenile justice systems referral - Youth who have committed a delinquent offense and are referred by local law enforcement or probation departments. 
    3. Youth who have been placed on probation or parole and who are at high risk of violating probation/parole or re-offending. 
    4. Risk-taking behavior - youth who are involved in risk-taking behavior (i.e., gang involvement, violence, drugs, etc.).
    5. Child or sibling of a prisoner - youth who have parents or siblings that are incarcerated. 
    6. Accompanied homeless youth.
    7. Chronic Truancy.
    8. Any/all risk levels - Youth who present as 'medium or low risk' on the Youth Assessment and Screening Instrument (YASI) and require intervention services.


  • Statewide 24 hour crisis intervention services
  • Ensure the safety of youth
  • Individual and family crisis intervention
  • Develop and implement crisis stabilization plan
  • Placement services - Shelter, foster care, etc.
  • Conduct full YASI assessments (Initial, Reassessment, Closing Assessment)
  • Conduct additional assessments as needed (mental health, substance abuse; trauma, etc.)
  • Develop and implement an individualized case plan
  • Develop and implement a discharge plan
  • Appropriate referral and follow-up

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