Comprehensive Community-Based Youth Service (CCBYS)
Bureau of Youth Services & Delinquency Prevention
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services
CCBYS is a statewide program serving youth ages 11-17, and their families when appropriate, who are at risk of running away from home, homelessness, or involvement with the child welfare and/or the juvenile justice system.
The CCBYS program was created by the 1982 state statute (20 ILCS 505/17), which mandated the state to "develop a State program for youth and community services which will assure that youth who come into contact or may come into contact with the child welfare and the juvenile justice systems will have access to needed community, prevention, diversion, emergency and independent living services." 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.
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.
CCBYS services are delivered by community agencies throughout the state.
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- CCBYS has an overreaching goal of family preservation, reunification and/or family stabilization.
- CCBYS successfully reunifies youth with their families approximately 85% of the time in crisis situations. This figure is consistent with research conducted by the Illinois Collaboration on Youth.
- Youth are provided with a continuum of services according to their individual needs.
- A 24-hour crisis intervention response system is available for runaways, lockouts and unaccompanied homeless youth. CCBYS crisis workers respond 24 hours a day to policy stations, schools, etc.
- In FY07, youth received approximately 26,600 hours of services in working towards unification with their families.
- CCBYS providers are working closely with Homeless Youth providers toward readiness for implementation of PA 093-0105, the rule for Partial Emancipation of Minors.