Note - The Crossroads program was discontinued at the end of FY 09.
Bureau of Youth Services & Delinquency Prevention
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services
The Crossroads program provides services to intervene in the lives of youth ages 10 to 17 who have engaged in risk-taking behaviors (gang involvement, violence, drug use, chronic truancy combined with other risky behaviors) but have not yet been arrested.
Services are intended to effect a positive change that will redirect the young person away from risk-taking behavior, allow him/her to avoid interaction with the juvenile justice system and assist him or her down the path to a healthy, productive life.
Agencies identify key domains requiring attention in the youth's life; develop a case plan; provide services and/or make referrals as necessary to meet his/her needs; record the results; and track the case. Services are provided in close coordination with other service providers in the community in order to affect comprehensive service delivery and best meet the individual needs of each youth.
In FY 09 funds were granted to 13 community-based agencies throughout the state. Youth are referred to Crossroads from other community entities (such as schools, families, churches and/or other service providers) and assessed using the Youth Assessment and Screening Instrument (YASI). Youth eligible for services are those assessed as medium to high-risk on the YASI.
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- Youth engaged in risk-taking behaviors were redirected and assisted down the path to healthy and productive lives.
- Youth actively pursue educational goals or actively pursue employment goals when appropriate.
- Positive family and social relationships were encouraged within a safe environment.
- Program providers continued to improve their ability to accurately report program data on e-Cornerstone.