Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Family & Community Services

Program Description

Target

CCBYS is a statewide program serving youth ages 11-17, and their families when appropriate, who are at risk of running away from home, unaccompanied homelessness, or involvement with the child welfare and/or the juvenile justice system as well as youth beyond the control of their parents in circumstances which constitute a substantial immediate danger to the youth's immediate physical safety.

Eligibility Criteria

Any minor under 18 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 to the minor's physical safety; and (2) who, after being taken into limited custody for the period provided for in this Section [21 days for the first instance of being taken into limited custody and 5 days for the second, third, or fourth instances] and offered interim crisis intervention services, where available, 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. (705 ILCS 405/3)

Purpose

The primary purpose of CCBYS is to provide youth in high risk situations, and their families when appropriate, with a continuum of services according to their needs, with the overreaching goal of family preservation, reunification and/or family stabilization, or independence, again dependent upon the youth's needs.

Services

Youth are provided with a continuum of services according to their needs. A 24-hour crisis intervention response system is available in emergency situations for referrals from youth, parents/guardians, police, schools, courts, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Child Welfare and Protection staff, and other community referrals to ensure reunification with the parent or guardian and/or stabilization of the family.

Delivery Method

In FY 11, CCBYS services were delivered by 52 community agencies throughout the state.

Program Data

Program Data SFY09 SFY10 SFY11
Program Expenditures (Numbers in 000's) $9.829.6 $9,254.1 $7,653.0
Number of Grantees 55 53 52
Number Service 6,331 6,596 6,331

NOTE: Numbers Served - As recorded by providers in the Division's e-Cornerstone system.

Program Accomplishments

  • A 24-hour crisis intervention response system was available, statewide, for runaways, lockouts and unaccompanied homeless youth. CCBYS crisis workers responded to police stations, schools, etc.
  • Youth were provided with a continuum of services according to their individual needs.
  • With an overreaching goal of family preservation, reunification and/or family stabilization, CCBYS successfully reunified youth with their families approximately 80%-85% of the time in crisis situations (runaways and lockouts).
  • Program standards and a standards assessment review process are in place.
  • Program providers continue to improve their ability to accurately report program data in e-Cornerstone.