Administered by: Bureau of Youth Intervention Services

The Juvenile Justice Program of the Department of Human Services is a grant program funded pursuant to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (42 USC 5601 et. Seq.) (JJDP Act) through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.  The program is authorized by 42 USC5601 et. Seq.

The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission is a 25-member body established by Illinois statute whose members are appointed by the Governor to plan for and supervise the administration of the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act funds. The Department of Human Services serves as the state-level department responsible for administering the activities of the federal funds in partnership with the Commission.

The federal JJDP Act specifies four requirements for those receiving federal funds under the Act:

  1. The deinstitutionalization of status offenders (DSO).  Status offenses are acts that are law violations only for individuals of juvenile status, including, for example, running away, truancy, liquor law violations;
  2. The separation of adults and juveniles in secure institutions (sight and sound separation);
  3. Elimination of the practice of detaining or confining juveniles in adult jails or lock-ups for more than six hours; and
  4. Reduction of the disproportionate number of juvenile members of minority groups who come into contact with the juvenile justice system (frequently referenced as disproportionate minority contact or DMC).

The program supports state and local efforts to plan, establish, operate, coordinate, and evaluate projects directly or through grants and contracts with public and private agencies for the development of more effective education, training, research prevention, diversion, treatment, and rehabilitation programs in the area of juvenile delinquency and programs to improve the juvenile justice system. The Title II Program places a strong emphasis on the use of data and evidence in policy making and program development, and on the implementation of evidence-based practices. Projects funded under this program must address one of the following program areas:

  • Aftercare/Reentry - Programs to promote successful return to the community after incarceration
  • Alternatives to Detention - Community-based alternatives to secure confinement
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Programs - Prevention based programs for victims of child abuse and neglect
  • Compliance Monitoring - Programs to monitor state compliance with core requirements of the JJDP Act
  • Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) - Reducing DMC as a core requirement of the JJDP Act
  • Gender-Specific Services for Female Juvenile Offenders
  • Transportation/Jail Removal Grants - To maintain state compliance with core requirements of the JJDP Act
  • Juvenile Justice System Improvement - Programs and research to examine issues and improve juvenile justice system practices, policies or procedures
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Programs
  • Sex Offender Programs - Programs and research around best practices for juvenile sex offender treatment
  • Youth Advocacy - Activities focused on improving services, enhancing engagement and protecting rights of juvenile justice involved youth


Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission

BYIS FY16 Bureau of Youth Intervention Services Fiscal Documents