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

Program Description


Redeploy Illinois is designed to provide services to youth between the ages of 13 and 18 who are at high risk of being committed to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ).


Redeploy Illinois provides a fiscal incentive to counties that provide services to youth within their home communities by building a continuum of care for youth who are in the juvenile justice system, thereby reducing the county's commitments to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice.

Research demonstrates that non-violent youth are less likely to become further involved in delinquent or criminal behavior if they remain in their home communities and if appropriate services are available that address underlying needs - e.g., mental illness, substance abuse, learning disabilities, unstable living arrangement.


Through Redeploy Illinois, counties can link each youth to a wide array of needed services and supports within his or her home community, as indicated through an individualized needs assessment. Services are provided in the least restrictive manner possible, and include, but are not limited to, case management; court advocacy; education assistance; individual, family and/or group counseling; and crisis intervention.

Delivery Method

Funds are provided to a county, counties or group that support a system of care developed at the county (or multi-county) level and specified in a plan submitted to the Department.

Program Data

Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $1,847.8 $1,906.9 $2,230.3 $2,053.9
Number of Grantees 4 5 (17) 9 (10) 9
Number Served 397 348 351 320

Note: In FY08, funding was provided for 12 planning grants. In FY 09, funding was provided for a planning grant in Cook County.

Program Effectiveness:

  • In the first three years of implementation, the Redeploy Illinois pilot sites, on average, reduced commitments to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice by 51% within their communities.
  • In three years of providing services in four sites, approximately 400 youth residing in those counties were diverted from commitment to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, potentially saving the state millions in incarceration costs.
  • Redeploy Illinois gave counties financial support to provide comprehensive services in their home communities to youth who might otherwise have been sent to IDJJ.
  • Redeploy Illinois pilot sites filled in the gaps in the local continuum of programs and services necessary for high-risk delinquent youth. This effort allowed counties to more cost-effectively serve youth locally and reduce their reliance on IDJJ. As a result, youth were given every opportunity to succeed in their own communities.
  • Twelve planning grants were funded in late FY08 and one in early FY 09.
  • Redeploy Illinois will receive ARRA funding for FY11 to issue additional planning grants to eligible counties.