Delinquency Prevention
Bureau of Youth Services & Delinquency Prevention
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description


The Delinquency Prevention program serves youth who are 12 to 17 years of age who have committed a delinquent offense and are referred by local law enforcement and probation departments.


The purpose of the Delinquency Prevention program is to divert youth who have committed a delinquent offense from deeper involvement in the juvenile justice system.


The program focuses on youth who have been taken into custody by the police at least twice for a delinquent act or who have been adjudicated delinquent by the juvenile court at least once. The services provided by this program include community outreach, intake assessment, individual and family counseling, advocacy, employment counseling and recreation.

Delivery Method

In FY 10, Delinquency Prevention services were provided by community-based agencies and are operational in 16 Illinois communities, mostly in Cook County and the surrounding collar counties. These programs were developed as a community response to delinquent youth. They rely on the cooperation of the courts and probation officers and on working agreements with other service providers.

Program Data

Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $1,354.8 $1,366.7 $1,355.9 $901.5
Number of Grantees 16 16 15 16
Number Served 849 871 999 2,035

Note: Numbers served: As recorded by providers in the Division's e-Cornerstone system. FY10 numbers reflect all youth served by the program during FY10. Previous years reflect only new enrollees.

Program Effectiveness

  • The Delinquency Prevention program diverted youth who had committed delinquent offenses from deeper involvement in the juvenile justice system by providing services tailored to the youth's needs.
  • Program providers continue to improve their ability to accurately report program data in e-Cornerstone.
  • Youth that participate in the program receive inadequate assessments using the Youth Assessment System Instrument (YASI).