Youth Intervention Services

The Bureau of Youth Intervention Services strives to offer prevention, diversion, intervention, and treatment services targeting youth to support families in crisis, prevent juvenile delinquency, encourage academic achievement and to divert youth at risk of involvement in the child welfare or juvenile justice or correctional systems.

The Department makes investments in several programs targeting at-risk youth throughout the state in partnership with local communities and community based organizations to provide 24/7 crisis intervention services for youth and families; to provide after-school programming; and to provide comprehensive, individualized assessments and case management services for high-risk youth all designed to:

  • to ensure the safety of youth
  • to reunify and preserve families
  • to reduce homelessness among youth
  • to support and encourage academic achievement
  • to decrease risk factors and increase protective factors in youth
  • to reduce juvenile incarceration
  • and to divert youth at risk of involvement in the child welfare, and juvenile justice systems.

Performance Measures/Outcomes - Highlights

  • In FY14, 100% of youth receiving crisis intervention services received a Safety Screen and a Crisis Stabilization Plan; 93% of Homeless Youth served received an emergency/safety screen; and 99.89% of youth in Teen REACH afterschool programming were safe from violence during program hours. 
  • In FY14, 89.6% of youth served in the Comprehensive Community Based Youth Services (CCBYS) program were in a Family/long term stable living arrangement at case closure. 54% of all Homeless Youth served were in a family placement at program exit.
  • In FY14, 73% of Homeless Youth (emergency shelter/interim housing/transitional living) exited the program to stable housing. 82% of Homeless Youth (transitional living) exited the program employed and/or enrolled in school.
  • In FY14, 97.9% of seniors in Teen REACH after-school programs graduated high school while 98.4% of all Teen REACH participants were promoted to the next grade level or graduated.
  • In FY14, 78.4% of assessed CCBYS youth had decreased risk factors and 78.3% had increased protective factors. 62% of assessed Redeploy Illinois youth had decreased risk factors and 59% had increased protective factors.
  • In 2012 (latest IDJJ data), Redeploy Illinois programs in 28 counties reduced commitments to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) by a combined 67% from the baseline. This equates to 238 fewer youth sent to IDJJ from these counties in 2012 saving Illinois taxpayers an estimated $11.7 million in unnecessary incarceration costs. A 5-year study released in 2013 found that 61% of Redeploy youth successfully completing the program were not incarcerated within the following 3 years compared to 34% of unsuccessful Redeploy youth - a 27% lower recidivism rate for successful youth. In FY2014, 76% of Redeploy youth successfully completed the program.
  • In FY14, 95.9% of youth discharged from the CCBYS program were successfully diverted from the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Children and Family Services.
    These outcomes are consistent with previous year(s) and are projected to be maintained in FY15 and FY16.

The goals of these programs, when achieved as documented above, account for significant long and short term cost savings to the state as well as local communities. State investment into these programs has effectively targeted youth determined to be at significant risk and have demonstrated a history of successfully diverting these youth from costly state systems, preserving families and providing the necessary services and supports to ensure these youth become educated, employed, healthy productive and contributing citizens. 

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Programs and Services

Related Links:
  BYIS FY16 Bureau of Youth Intervention Services Fiscal Documents

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